WATCHES

[ Professor David Smyth Torrens, Irish horologist; Robert Gardner, clockmaker. ] 36 items relating to horology and chronometers, including a booklet of manuscript tables, apparently by Torrens, showing tests (of Vacheron Constantine chronometers?).

Author: 
David Smyth Torrens (1897-1967), horologist, Professor of Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin [ Robert Gardner (1851-1931), Scottish clockmaker; Vacheron Constantin of Switzerland; Leroy & Cie, Paris ]
Chronometer
Publication details: 
[ Brassus, Switzerland; Paris, France. ] Between 1912 and 1935.
£1,500.00
Chronometer

36 items, in fair overall condition, with some evidence of age and wear. ONE: Manuscript tables of trials, presumably in Torrens's autograph, apparently of Vacheron Constantin chronographs. 8pp. in landscape 8vo, with a final page folding out to large 4to. With additions in red ink and pencil. On nine leaves, wrapped in grey paper and stitched together. In fair condition, aged and worn. On front cover in pencil: ''Dr. Torrens | Dr. Torrens'. Dated at head of first page 25 April 1912, with heading: 'Best Vacheron trial movt.

[ Clocks ]Collection of Victorian horological ephemera, comprising eight posters, two illustrated catalogues, four printed price lists, and four receipts.

Author: 
G. & F. E. Wattis, Birmingham; Alfred Lea and John Knight & Co., Leeds; John Greenwood & Sons, Clerkenwell; [Victorian clocks and watches; clockmakers; timepieces; horology; trade catalogues]
Publication details: 
Undated [1870s and 1880s]. Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, London.
£500.00

The collection, consisting of eighteen items, would appear to derive from J. L. Cocker, to whom one of the receipts is made out. Eight posters, all but the last in fair condition, aged and lightly worn; and all but Number printed in black and white. Items Three and Eight have the firm's address repeatedly printed on the reverse, so that the particular timepieces in which the customer is interested can be cut away from the sheet. ONE (56 x 43.5 cm).

[ Ciro of Bond Street, London jewellers. ] Four 1930s trade catalogues: 'A Treasury of Pearls & Jewels', 'A Book of New and Exclusive Jewels', 'Exclusive Watches' and 'A Book of New and Exclusive Watches by Ciro - Part 2 - Jewelled Watches'.

Author: 
Ciro of Bond Street, London jewellers, founded in 1917
Publication details: 
'Ciro of Bond Street' [ Ciro, 48 Old Bond Street, London, W.1. ] None of the four dated, but all from the 1930s.
£500.00

The four items date from around the same period, all printed in black and white on shiny art paper, stapled in cream card wraps with simple and elegant titles printed in gold on the front covers. All four are profusely illustrated, with accompanying effusive text. Two have price lists printed in red tipped-in at the end. All four are in fair condition, with pages of text in a good state, and light signs of age and wear to the covers, the two larger items exhibiting slight rolled creasing, and one of them with wear at foot of spine.

Printed trade catalogue of 'Stayte' pocket and wrist watches, 'Abby bracelets', and other items, by the Birmingham jewellers Adolph Scott Ltd, containing numerous illustrations in black and white and colour.

Author: 
Adolph Scott Ltd., Birmingham jewellers [clocks and watches; trade catalogues]
Publication details: 
Adolph Scott Ltd., 24, 25 & 26, Gt. Hampton St., Birmingham.
£130.00

44pp., 4to. In original grey wraps, with coloured illustration by 'Scott' of a Restoration lady by a sundial and the word 'Watches' on front cover. In good condition, lightly-aged with slight rusting to staples. The catalogue is printed on art paper, without indication of date or publisher, but with a label printed in red from Adolph Scott Ltd, tipped in at the front, stating that 'Prices in this list are subject to 50 per cent.

1935 trade catalogue of 'Jewellery and fancy goods' by Rylands & Sons Ltd, Manchester & Liverpool, filled with photographs and engravings of jewellery, radios, cigars and cigarettes, furniture and other items.

Author: 
Rylands & Sons Ltd, jewellers, Manchester & Liverpool [1935 trade catalogue]
Rylands & Sons Ltd, jewellers, Manchester & Liverpool
Publication details: 
1935.
£125.00
Rylands & Sons Ltd, jewellers, Manchester & Liverpool

4to, 32 pp. On shiny art paper. Text and photographs clear and complete. Aged and worn, with slight rust damage from staples. The cover, showing the influence of Art Deco, is printed in green and black, the rest in black.

Autograph Letter Signed from the bluestocking sculptor and author Anne Seymour Damer to an unnamed male correspondent, concerning a 'favourite old Clock;'.

Author: 
Anne Seymour Damer (1749-1828), sculptor and author, member of the 'Bluestocking Circle' [horology; clocks]
 ALS from the bluestocking sculptor and author Anne Seymour Damer
Publication details: 
1 April 1824; Upper Brook Street.
£350.00
 ALS from the bluestocking sculptor and author Anne Seymour Damer

12mo, 3 pp. Bifolium. 28 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with a trace of the mount adhering to the reverse of the second leaf, which is docketed by the recipient. The letter concerns her 'favourite old Clock', about which she expresses anxiety: 'the Man you now send to wind up the Clock is, I dare say, very clever in his Business, but as he almost constantly leaves it with somethig not right in Motion, striking &c I must therefore think that he is not accustomed to direct all the movements of such a Clock'.

Folder of mimeographed typed advertising and promotional reports and memoranda assembled by the firm's London office on behalf of the Watchmakers of Switzerland.

Author: 
Foote, Cone & Belding Ltd, advertising agency [Watchmakers of Switzerland]
Publication details: 
Between 1949 and 1950.
£165.00

All items clear and complete, in a brown card folder, and in good condition on lightly-aged paper, with occasional rust marking. Items are often accompanied by covering letters from members of the agency. Includes, among other items: 'Outline Proposals for Action in the British Market', August 1949 (8vo, 9 pp); 'The British Watch Market', August 1949 (8vo, 19 pp); 'Jewelry News Digest Number 19 | For The Swiss Federation of Watch Manufacturers', November 1949 (8vo, 13 pp); 'Swiss Watch Repair Parts Programme' (8vo, 19 pp); 'Report of F. H. Publicity Montreal Office | Jan. 30th to Feb.

Handbill printed notice of a "£1 REWARD" for the return of 'A Lady's Gold Wrist-Watch & Bracelet, Engraved on the back, P.E.B., Dec. 28, 1921.'

Author: 
[Hall the Printer Ltd, 3A Queen Street, Oxford; Witney Police Station]
Publication details: 
HALL THE PRINTER LTD., 3A QUEEN STREET, OXFORD. 1929.'
£65.00

On one side of a piece of wove paper roughly 220 x 280 mm. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper, with a few short closed tears to extremities. Cheaply but effectively printed in a variety of point sizes. Reads '£1 REWARD | LOST, on Monday Evening, December 16, either on the Motor-bus between Oxford and Witney, or in Witney, A Lady's Gold Wrist-Watch & Bracelet | Engraved on the back, P.E.B., Dec. 28, 1921. | A Reward of £1 will be paid to anyone bringing the same to the Police Station at Witney, or to the County Police Station, New Road, Oxford.'

Autograph Signatures on fragment of document.

Author: 
Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, John Allnutt of Clapham
Publication details: 
28 November 1843; Clapham.
£38.00

Vulliamy (1780-1854) was a London clockmaker. Allnutt (1773-1863) was a wealthy wine merchant, a patron of Constable and Turner with a noted collection of paintings. Reads 'B L Vulliamy | Jn Allnutt, Clapham | 28 Nov. 1843'. From a collection of material relating to the Artists' General Benevolent Fund.

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