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watch, front, in case
watch index 4
country British  
piece name (title): EW74 House and Animals
set key
plate full
plate finish gilt
long comment Outer case has strong Grecian relief and inner paper.
case style pear
case material silver
escapement verge
adjustments unadjusted
marks 1764
serial number 7682
case marks
dial and hands
notes Gent's Repousse silver pair case, key wound, pocket watch, movement marked, "Tarts, London" and made for the Dutch market where it was sold by a watchmaker named F. Boersma, Dokkum, Netherlands, circa late 18th century. (Some collectors believe that "Tarts, London" watches could have been made in Holland or Switzerland rather than in England).


Pair Case: Size not provided - The outer gilt silver repousse case has three Greco-Roman mythological figures surrounded by flora and 'C' scrolls while the polished silver inner case, with key winding aperture, has a tapered stem and round flattened pendant and bow in the style of the late 18th century. Inside the outer case is a Dutch watch paper indicating that it was marketed in the Netherlands by an Horologist, 'F. Boersma' working in Dockum (Dokkum)". At the Sign of the Scales'. (Dokkum is a village on the northern coast of the Netherlands, several miles up the coast from the Hague).


This is an unsigned white enameled dial with a Roman hour chapter with a scalloped closed minute ring having Arabic markers placed every five minutes on the dial edge. The dial center has a rustic landscape and waters cape scene with houses and a boat. The hands are gilt Louis XVI style hands.


A gilt brass full plate movement with squared off Egyptian brass pillars connecting the plates, crown wheel escapement (verge), chain fusee drive, open foliate decorated round balance cock with fancy fenestrated gilt edge held in place by two lateral brass bars with screws. A mono-metallic silver balance wheel is seen below the balance bridge. There is a silver regulator and the movement is marked for Tarts, London, #7367.


A good deal of oxidation to this well made repousse case which appears to have been gilded over the silver at an earlier time and the gilding has partially worn away. Dial has compound fractures in the porcelain. Watch is likely in working condition. See comparables below for further description and comparisons.


Circa late 18th century.

"Tarts of London" is listed by Brian Loomes as:

J. Tarts, London, second half of the eighteenth century. His signature is found on many watches made for the dutch market. Probably a fictitious name. He may actually have been J. Stratton (John Stratton (1) worked in London as a watchmaker c. 1787+/- and trained his son James (II) in 1791. James (II) worked there from c. 1800-1820.

Also, as stated in the initial text there are some who feel the name was not only fictitious but that the watch may not have been made in England, but elsewhere on the Continent.
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