Daniel Delander. A fine and rare early 18th century silver pair cased pocket watch  Dan Delander, Devereux Court, London No.160
Lot 11
Daniel Delander. A fine and rare early 18th century silver pair cased pocket watch Dan Delander, Devereux Court, London No.160
Sold for £6,600 (US$ 10,693) inc. premium

Lot Details
Daniel Delander. A fine and rare early 18th century silver pair cased pocket watch
Dan Delander, Devereux Court, London No.160
Full plate gilt verge movement with pierced and engraved winged balance cock, three-arm balance, three unusual column pillars and a single turned pillar, the movement signed and numbered and with 'lights' in the plate for examining the pinion depths, fine silvered dial with Roman numerals and outer Arabic, unusual front regulation aperture with 'slow' in mirrored characters, front wind with blued steel arched hand, silver inner case with punch mark W.I for William Jaques and punch numbered 160, outer case with hinged front and blued steel spring to secure inner case activated by a slide button in the outer case, also stamped W.I
55mm.

Footnotes

  • Daniel Delander was apprenticed in 1692 to Charles Halstead and later, to Thomas Tompion; he became member of the Clockmakers Company in 1699. He invented a spring to secure watch cases, which the present lot features. He died in 1733 and was succeeded by his son Nathaniel.

    William Jaques made cases for some of the finest makers of the late 17th and early 18th century, including Thomas Tompion, Daniel Quare and Joseph Windmills. The present lot is interesting, as the underside of the dial is punched 'Ia' which is the Britannia mark for William Jaques sometime after April 1697. Britannia marks were the fist two letters of the surname.

    For further information on William Jaques see 'Early Watch Case Makers of England 1631-1720' by Philip Priestley.

    We are grateful to Jeremy Evans for the research on the early documents.

    The above advertisement is from 'The Post Man' and dates from 18th-20th April 1706. What’s interesting about this is that it states that a Dan Delander watch has been lost, and to return it to Devereux Court and a reward will be paid and below this is an announcement of the new invention of a watch spring to hold the watch into the case by Dan Delander.
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