FRANCIS PERIGAL, LONDON. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE WATCH WITH TEMPERATURE INDICATION AND POSSIBLY THE ONLY SURVIVING LEVER WATCH BY FRANCIS PERIGAL NOW IN LATER SILVER CASE CIRCA 1790, NO. 1053

Description

Movement: gilded full plate movement, lever escapement, plain balance with four arms and eight poising and timing screws, straight bi-metallic strip for regulating the spiral spring, its foot fitted to a rack served by square in the centre of the regulation index, decoratively engraved mask with amusing crooked mask to the neck, fusee and chain • gilt-metal dust cap numbered 1079 and engraved Fras. Perigal Watchmaker to his Majesty, Londonmovement signed Fras. Perigal, Bond Street, London 1053
Dial: white enamel dial, Roman numerals, Arabic outer minute ring, subsidiary dial for temperature above with indication controlled by a bi-metallic spiral, subsidiary seconds
below, gold heart-shaped hands
Case: later associated silver case with London hallmarks for 1867 and maker’s mark PW incuse for Philip Woodman
diameter 57 mm