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Lot 526 (Christmas Auction, 12th December 2018)

A mid-19th century gilt brass strut timepiece

Thomas Cole: A mid-19th century gilt brass strut timepiece numbered 1041, by Thomas Cole, the glazed silvered dial with Roman numerals and foliate engraved centre and surround inscribed in an oval below the chapter ring 'C.F Hancock, London' within a foliate engraved outer frame with folding suspension loop handle and swivel bar foot and strut stand, the back plate with folding winding handle and escapement shutter and engraved 'C.F Hancock by appointment to the principal sovereigns & Courts of Europe, 39 Bruton Street, London,' 14cm high, 10.5cm wide, 2cm deep

Sold for £3,700

Condition report

No case or key, general wear and tear commensurate with daily use, note missing screw. We believe that this is eight day although there is no evidence of movement duration either way as the mechanism needs servicing. Note missing screws to the back plate. We have now removed the backplate which was held on with two screws only and there is a 'secret signature' 'Thos Cole, London'. The case is marked '1041' on the back and underneath although this number does not appear to correspond with the Cole book. There is also a scratch to the case glass