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    Posted 12 months ago

    rniederman
    (295 items)

    I occasionally take a break from collecting early wood cameras and look for interesting items to compliment the collection. Period pieces matching the 1800s camera timelines are nice “go withs” that enhance the displays.

    While at an antique show earlier in the year, this 19th century pocket watch caught my eye. It’s a rare timepiece because of several noteworthy features: a quarter hour repeater complication, skeletonized face with ornate carvings, and three automata.

    The maker is unknown and the movement is housed in an open style gold case. Decoratively carved three-color metalwork appears throughout the watch including the base plate. The smaller centralized dial, with Breguet style hands, is flanked by a classically dressed woman (left) and man (right).

    The lady’s automaton arm strikes hours, while the man and woman both chime the quarter hours. So where is the third automaton? It’s hidden beneath a pair of pivoting doors located at the 6 o’clock position. Underneath is ... well ... let’s just say an overly amorous couple.

    The rear of the case has an engine-turned (guilloché) barleycorn pattern lid. Inside is a slow beating, verge escapement.

    Comments

    1. officialfuel officialfuel, 12 months ago
      Just another awesome piece for your collection!!!

      Michael
    2. lzenglish lzenglish, 12 months ago
      "Just Beautiful" !!!!!!!!!
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 12 months ago
      A real beauty !
    4. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 12 months ago
      Wow that's a sweet watch,... Rob...
    5. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 12 months ago
      So beautiful!!!! Love it :-)
    6. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks, Michael!
    7. kyratango kyratango, 12 months ago
      Woahhh! That's a TREASURE! Congrats for having it in your collection :-D
    8. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks, lzenglish!
    9. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks!
      BB2
      Moonhill
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 12 months ago
      stunning Rob!!
    11. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks!
      fortapache
      Roycroftbooksfromme1
    12. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks!
      mtg75
      GeodeJem
      TassieDevil
      shawnicus
    13. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks!
      Caperkid
      melaniej
    14. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks!
      kyratango
      Longings
      shughs
      pw-collector
      mcheconi
      nutsabotas6
    15. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks!
      AntigueToys
      sugargirl
      IVAN49
      egreeley1976
      Designer
      farmlady
    16. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks!
      Phil
      Ben
      MacDaddyRico
      leighannrn
      chrissylovescats
    17. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks!
      sanhardin
      snowman3
      Hunter
      Sean
    18. Celiene Celiene, 12 months ago
      Here are some of the makers. From an auction at a Zurich auction.

      "Only a very few, highly skilled horologists crafted these items, most of which feature finely painted miniatures on enamel and varicolored gold ornaments."

      "<p>(L-R) A fine and very unusual silver pocket watch with a concealed painted on enamel erotic scene made circa 1810 by Girardier l'Aine, a fine, hunting-cased, keyless, quarter-repeating, 14K rose gold pocket watch with concealed erotic automaton made circa 1890 by Lugrin, a fine, gilt-metal and painted on enamel pocket watch with erotic scene and calendar "Lit d'Amour" made circa 1820 by Courtin are pictured during an auction preview in Geneva, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse</p>

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-watches-erotic/swiss-auction-tempts-buyers-with-erotic-watches-idUKTRE72O3ZI20110325

    19. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Hi Celiene ... thanks for looking and the links. Before purchasing I did a bit of research. Erotic pocket watches are a known niche and quite interesting. The one shown on bogoff.com isn't as nice as mine but the style is nearly the same ... could even be the same maker but I don't know. The challenge is whether the watch is completely original (case and movement are put together at the same time) or if the movement was put into a later case (which is not uncommon). The automaton "coupling" (so to speak) goes into action when running the repeater. The amorous couple on mine is a different position ... think doggies. Here's a YouTube video by a Belgium collector showing chiming arms and couple "action." A very nice watch but not skeletonized. Anyhow, you get the idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2BPtpj8F4Y
    20. rniederman rniederman, 12 months ago
      Thanks!
      Perry
      trukn20
      Tanni
      crswerner
    21. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
      Thanks!
      vetraio50
      Collectomaniac
      ttomtucker
      getthatmonkeyoutofme
    22. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
      Thanks!
      lisali1919
      Tanni
      Celiene
    23. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
      Thanks, antiquerose!
    24. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
      Thanks, Woman34!
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
      HAPPY NEW YEAR, RNIEDERMAN
    26. rniederman rniederman, 9 months ago
      Thanks, oldpeep!
    27. rniederman rniederman, 9 months ago
      Thanks!
      Chevelleman69
      Tanni
    28. Trey Trey, 9 months ago
      Beautiful watch :)
    29. rniederman rniederman, 9 months ago
      Thanks, Trey!
    30. Trey Trey, 9 months ago
      Your welcome :)
    31. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 months ago
      This is the most impressive time piece I have ever seen! Incredibly BEAUTIFUL!!!
    32. rniederman rniederman, 7 months ago
      Thanks, Scott! ... appreciate the comment.

      Thanks, betweenthelens!
    33. rniederman rniederman, 6 months ago
      Thanks!
      antiquealyssa
      Mrstyndall
      kyratango

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