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country British  
piece name (title): EW56 Man and Woman
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plate other
plate finish gilt
date 1733
case style pear
case material filled
escapement verge
adjustments unadjusted
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notes Gentleman's pair cased,key wound and key set pocket watch, Shagreen and painted enamel erotic scene (made post 1750) outer case with polished gold filled inner case (no hallmarks shown), dial signed Quare, London, movement signed Quare (in print) & Horseman(in script), London, circa 1718-1733. ('W.B' is found inside the inner casing, the initials of an unidentified casemaker.)


Outer Cases: Size not known - blackened shagreen case cover with central painted enamel of an 'erotic' scene with partially nude female and a male in a compromising situation. Erotic enamelled scenes are generally 19th century, but have been known as early as 1790. Shagreen animal skin was used at the time this watch was made. (blackening involved a complicated process of adding ageing ingredients to the skin over time)There is a second painted enamel landscape scene on the obverse side of the outer case.

Inner case: Polished gold filled case with single key aperture on one side, short stemmed flat pendant and rounded bow at the twelve position behind the hinge.


Gilt champleve? dial with Roman hour numerals, no half hour divisions, closed minute ring with cartouche type Arabic markers placed every five minutes along the edge of the dial. No dial aperture noted. The dial center has two gilt plaques, the upper marked 'Quare' in a banner with London in another banner below the center canon pipe. There are iron/steel blackened 'Beetle and Poker' hands.


A full plate gilt brass movement marked Quare (Printed) & Horseman(script), London. The movement with large elaborately pierced and decoratively engraved balance cock engraved with small gilt leaves along the edge of the balance (typical of Quare movements)with a step down to a large fan shaped section also with foliate designs. The engraved foliate patters cover most of the plate surface.The movement has a crown wheel/verge escapement, flat steel three-arm balance with spring, chain driven fusee movement using Classical Egyptian pillars, signed 'Daniel Quare, London' (printed) with 'S. Horseman' (in script) between those words. There is a silver regulator dial noted adjacent to the balance cock. Foliate gilt engraving and filigree work covers almost the entire surface of the plate (as it should).


Apparently the outer and inner case are together by association and are from different periods. The movement plate may have been made about the time that Stephen Horseman, apprentice of Daniel Quare, joined him in business, circa 1718. (The serial number on the plate in one photo is 7367, marked tarts and must be from another watch.) There is no serial number on this Quare and Horseman movement that I can find. The gold parts of the case are gold filled rather than solid gold, the latter is what i would have expected. Usually the Quare & Horseman dials were signed for both makers during their partnership, but I am accepting this dial as being original. Hands appear correct and actually the movement looks good. These questions and the mixing of the inner case with an erotic outer paired case reduces the value of this Quare & Horseman pocket watch.


Inner case and movement C. 1718-1733, outer case early 19th century.
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