This is an extremely rare quarter hour repeater pocket watch. The maker was Francois L'hardy, who worked in Paris, France, at the end of the 18th century. The watch dates
circa 1790-1825. Francois L'hardy was one of the foremost watchmakers of the time, and is
reputed for the finest quality. The case tests as 18K gold, and is stamped "K18", "FLB",
and a lapel-like trademark, on the inside of the back cover, which clicks into closed position,
and opens on a hinge. The case diameter is 2 and 1/4", and it is 3/4" thick, including the glass. The back cover opens to reveal a spring-loaded dust cover, signed "Francs L'hardy",
with a keyhole for winding the fusee, also with a directional arrow. The front is skeletonized,
and the glass snaps closed and opens on a hinge. The hands are adjusted with the same key as winding, in a clock-wise direction. The repeater is set in motion by depressing the
pump in the stem of the pocket watch, when the safety slide is switched off. The chimes are in perfect working order and ring once for each hour, then twice for each quarter hour passed. The enameled dial is in pristine condition, with just a few minor hairline fractures-
hardly noticeable, with arabic numerals and seconds markers. The watch keeps relatively
good time, being just a few minutes out a day. It has an 8-10 hour spring, key-wound fusee.
There are also some minor, small dents and dings on the back cover and on the side of the
case, barely noticeable, as shown by the pictures.
Antique 18K Gold Skeletonized Quarter Repeater Fusee Pocket Watch