Wednesday, 21 January 2009

You either love it or you hate it!

At its sale of Important Watches, held as long ago as 29th November 2007, Christie's sold a rather splendid example of an armorial watch.

Described as a: 
"PATEK PHILIPPE. A FINE, RARE AND UNUSUAL 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL KEYLESS LEVER FOB WATCH OF ARMORIAL GOTHIC THEME SIGNED PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE, GENEVE, MOVEMENT NO. 110'196, CASE NO. 221'962, CIRCA 1898.

With nickel-finished lever movement, bi-metallic compensation balance, green translucent enamel cuvette on guilloché background, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, gold Arabic five minute divisions, pierced hands, the finely pierced chased and engraved case decorated throughout, armorial shield to the reverse, bordered by Gothic decoration pierced to reveal the green enamel cuvetted behind, together with a similarly decorated fob depicting an armoured helmet and mask, surmounted by a crown and cascading feathers with an abundance of decorative foliage, case stamped with Patek Philippe Calatrava cross, dial and movement signed
27 mm diam.

Saleroom Notice
Please note this watch is accompanied by a Patek Philippe Extract from the Archives confirming production in 1898 and its subsequent sale on 13 December 1900."

It fell under the hammer for HK$ 125'000 ($16'140).

Armorial Fob watch

I rather like it.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Booth - George 2nd earl of Warrington

Continuing the heraldry under the hammer theme, Christies auction house has listed the upcoming auction of the Roger Warner collection on 20th - 21st January and lot 348, the arms of Booth quartering others for George 2nd earl of Warrington, is of particular interest to the Cheshire Heraldry weblog. With an estimate of £3000 to £5000 this one will not be gracing Cheshire Heraldry Towers. 

Booth quartering others for George 2nd earl of Warrington

Image courtesy of Christies - Booth quartering others for George 2nd earl of Warrington.

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