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Patrizzi & Co.: The Patrizzi Pocket Expert Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Gold Bridge

Patrizzi & Co.: The Patrizzi Pocket Expert Girard-Perregaux Tourbillon with Gold Bridge
NEW. 375 pages, illustrated, 2011. The history and comprehensive technical details of an iconic watch. The book starts with the first model in 1860 by visionary watchmaker Constant Girard through to the latest contemporary creations. During this period more than 40 different models show the evolution of the mythical Tourbillon with Gold Bridge. A very useful guide for dealers and collectors. Card covers. [English and French language] (Ref: N2424)

Price: 21.00
Platt (J.G.): Lancashire Watch Company - History and Watches

Platt (J.G.): Lancashire Watch Company - History and Watches
NEW. 528 pages, about 1000 illustrations, 2016. A well researched and definitive account of the Lancashire Watch Company and its Watches. The Company was founded in 1888 for the large-scale production of pocket watches, but after some initial success was dissolved in 1906. This book documents the rise and fall of the company, as well as its watches, and will be of great interest to enthusiasts and collectors. The book includes an analysis of the company's ledgers and reproduces sales catalogues, LWC documents and the auction catalogue from 1911 when the remaining assets of the company were sold. With dust jacket. (Ref: N3966)
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Price: 65.00

Priestley (P.T.): British Watchcase Gold & Silver Marks 1670 to 1970: A History of Watchcase Makers and Registers of Their Marks from Original Assay Office Records in England, Ireland, and Scotland
NEW. 497 pages, illustrated, 2018. The definitive work on British watchcases and their makers' marks. It contains a full listing of hallmarks from all the assay offices, including for the first time Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Sheffield. It recounts the history of watch glasses, their types and sizes; English metal watch dials; and economic and social factors of the time. It includes appendices on shagreen watchcase makers of London as well as London master/apprentice hierarchies and their biographies. The content is excellent as the author was an expert on the subject; such a shame that the publisher has made this a low cost production using thin paper and a poor binding. A new copy but with a minor bump to bottom of spine. (Ref: N4471)

Price: 60.00

Priestley (P.T.):  Early Watch Case Makers of England 1631 - 1720

Priestley (P.T.): Early Watch Case Makers of England 1631 - 1720
O/P. 89 pages, illus., 2000. A carefully researched publication with detailed information on over 200 watch case makers, 11 working in Liverpool the remainder in London. The book also discusses the factors affecting trade during the period, including the Great Fire of London. An essential book for researchers. Hardback. (Ref: N922)

Price: 60.00
Priestley (P.T.): Watch Case Makers of England: A History and Register of Gold and Silver Watch Case makers of England 1720-1920

Priestley (P.T.): Watch Case Makers of England: A History and Register of Gold and Silver Watch Case makers of England 1720-1920
NEW. 216 pages, 126 figures, 1994. The first half of the book is a detailed review of watch case making, including the development of case styles and watch bow shapes together with a history of English hallmarking and the location and history of the case making trade. The second half of the book contains a fully detailed list of watch case makers and their marks. An essential book for all English pocket watch enthusiasts. The book is long out of print, we have the last new copies available. Soft covers. (Ref: N923)
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Price: 35.00

Pritchard (K.H.): Swiss Timepiece Makers 1775 - 1975
O/P. 2 volumes, about 1800 pages, illustrated, 1997. A detailed alphabetical listing of over 2000 Swiss pocket watch and wristwatch makers including cross references for brand names and USA importers. Each entry contains full details of that manufacturer sometimes with illustrations of trademarks and contemporary advertisements. This major work is an essential reference book for all Swiss watch enthusiasts as it is the only book of its type and very comprehensive. A fine copy, with good dust jackets (jacket for volume one has a 1cm tear to bottom of spine). Since it went out of print this book has become very hard to find.

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(Ref: K954 - C3)

Price: 650.00

Sabrier (J.-C.): Fredrric Houriet - The Father of Swiss Chronometry

Sabrier (J.-C.): Fredrric Houriet - The Father of Swiss Chronometry
NEW. 227 pages, well illustrated, 2006. An excellent monograph on Jacques-Frédéric Houriet (1743 - 1830) who was born in Neuchâtel, trained in Paris from the age of 16, and returned home to live in Le Locle at the age of 25. Houriet spent the next 60 years researching and making discoveries of great use to the watchmaking industry. [English language edition]

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(Ref: N1295)

Price: 125.00

Salomons (D.L.): Breguet (1747 - 1823)
O/P. Frontispiece, ix, 233p plus 52 page supplement, 1921. Only 1000 copies printed. This is the complete English edition and includes the appendix and addenda together with the supplement, appendix to supplement and addenda to appendix. Well illustrated with over 150 b&w photographs and other plates. This is the classic work on Breguet by Sir David Salomons who had a large collection of Breguet's work. Originally published in 2 volumes with blue card covers, this example is bound in a single volume with vellum spine, gilt lettering to spine and paper covered boards. A very good copy with light foxing to endpapers, 2 small bookplates inside front cover, Boards a little marked, corners a bit worn.

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(Ref: K586 - R2)

Price: 325.00

Shenton (A.): Pocket Watches of the 19th & 20th Century

Shenton (A.): Pocket Watches of the 19th & 20th Century
O/P. 431 pages, well illustrated, 1996. A detailed account of pocket watch manufacture from 1800 to 1940, including English, American and Swiss examples. These watches were made in significant numbers hence are affordable as well as collectable. This book is now hard to find. A very good copy with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K1577 - H3)
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Price: 75.00
Shevlin (C.C.): Guilloch - A History & Practical Manual

Shevlin (C.C.): Guilloch - A History & Practical Manual
NEW. 144 pages, 270 illustrations, 2017. Guilloché, the decorative engraving of a metal surface (watch cases for example) is ornamental turning using a rose engine or straight-line engine. There are few modern books on engine turning so this volume, by an American author, is a welcome addition to the literature. With dust jacket. (Ref: N4513)
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Price: 33.99

Smith (A.): The Lancashire Watch Company Prescot, Lancashire, England 1889 - 1910
O/P. 89 pages, illustrated, 1973. This is a very useful reference book about the company. The book is in 3 parts, an historical essay on the company by Alan Smith, a reprint of a company catalogue of circa 1905, and a reprint of 4 articles about the company written by Henry Abbott which appeared in the American Jeweler in 1893. A very good copy, card covers now a bit faded. (Ref: K459 - A2)

Price: 30.00

Smith & Sons Ltd: Guide to the Purchase of a Watch
O/P. 125 pages, illus., 1978. A facsimile reprint of the 3rd edition of Smith's catalogue from circa 1900. A very detailed catalogue of a large number of watches with detailed explanations of chronographs, Bonniksen's Karrusel, non-magnetizable watches, etc. Very good copy of softbound edition, card covers a little faded. (Ref: K1641 - A2)

Price: 30.00

[Smiths] compiled by Smith (B.): Smiths Watches

[Smiths] compiled by Smith (B.): Smiths Watches
NEW. 277 pages, illustrated, 2009. A history of watch production by the Smiths group of companies with details of the pocket and wristwatches produced at the factories in Cheltenham and Ystradgynlais (Wales). The wide range of watches produced between 1947 and 1974 is shown in the 16 surviving catalogues reprinted here. Card covers. (Ref: N2146)

Price: 25.00

[Smithsonian Institution]: Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology
O/P. 201 pages, illus., 1959. The bookcomprises Papers 1 - 11 and includes two papers relevant to horology:
Battison (E.A.): The Auburndale Watch Company
Price (D.J.de S.): On the Origins of Clockwork. Perpetual Motion Devices, and the Compass
A good copy. (Ref: K3044 - N3)

Price: 20.00

[Sotheby's]: An Important Collection of Gold Snuff Boxes, Watches and Objects of Vertu, The Property of Sir A. Chester Beatty Parts 1 & 2
O/P. 2 catalogues, a two part sale, 341 lots in total, many illustrated some in colour. Very good copies, card covers. [Sale @ London 03/12/1962 & 17/06/1963] (Ref: A304)

Price: 15.00

[Sotheby's]: Ten Important Watches and a Timekeeper the property of Lady Prestige
O/P. 12 lots, eight fine pocket watches by Breguet, the others by Josiah Emery, Grignion & Son' and James Ferguson Cole. The 'Mudge' timekeeper by Pennington, Penlington & others. All lots illustrated. Very good copy, card covers. [Sale @ London 22/04/1963] (Ref: A473)

Price: 4.00

[Sotheby's]: The Celebration of the English Watch Parts I, II, II & IV
O/P. The sale, in four parts, of an important collection of fine English pocket watches. The owner's objectives were to form a representative collection of watches from the late sixteenth though to the twentieth century, with the best examples by the best makers and showing their inventions. The earliest watch in the collection is by Nicholas Vallin dating from circa 1600; the most recent a tourbillon by George Daniels made in 1970. The four catalogues contain 97, 77, 61 and 78 items respectively, all with descriptions and excellent photographs. All 4 catalogues in fine condition, card covers. [Sales @ London 15/12/2015, 07/07/2016, 15/12/2016 & 06/07/2017] (Ref: A465)

Price: 75.00

[Sotheby's]: Watches the Property of Dr J. Bruce Williamson, M.A.
O/P. 195 lots, some illustrated. French and English pocket watches including chronometers by Barraud and Arnold & Son. Good copy, a few annotations in text, card covers. [Sale @ London 27/11/1980] (Ref: A307)

Price: 5.00

[South Bend Watch Company]: Watch Movement Manufacture
O/P. 64 pages, illustrated, reprinted 2005. A reprint of selected articles, on 'Watch Movement Manufacture' and 'Watch Case Manufacture' from Machinery Magazine originally published in 1912. A fine copy, paperback with laminated covers. (Ref: K2254 - BX1)

Price: 10.00

Thompson (D.): The British Museum Watches
O/P. 175 pages, 270 illustrations, 2008. A book telling the story of the watch, describing and illustrating 77 watches selected from the magnificent collection of watches held by The British Museum. The earliest example was made circa 1560, the latest in 2007. Each watch is illustrated in colour with excellent photographs of dial, movement and case. A very good copy of the original hardback edition, with very good dust jacket. (Ref: K1749 - B2)

Price: 15.00


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