Repeating watch

Movement by Francis Perigal British
or Francis Perigal Jr. British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 512

There are five Perigals listed in the eighteenth-century records of the London Clockmakers’ Company. This watch may have been made by the founder of the family, Francis Perigal (active 1741–70), who had a shop in the Royal Exchange, or by his son, also named Francis (active 1748–75). In the second half of the eighteenth century English watchmakers exported a large number of watches for use in Arabic-speaking territories. The numerals on the dials were not exactly those used in Arabic arithmetic, however, but were apparently adaptations made by European clockmakers.

#413. Retail Value. High and Low

Repeating watch, Movement by Francis Perigal (British, active 1741–67), Dial: white enamel with black numerals and silver hands set with diamonds; Movement: gilded brass and partly blued steel, British, London, made for Turkish market

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