Jacobus Vand Hegge Pocket Watch
The so-called pendulum watch appeared just before 1700 in England and Holland, and remained popular especially in Holland well into the 18th century. The swinging faux “pendulum” was apparently intended to visually entertain its owner, show that the watch was running, and perhaps was also a reminder of the magic-like technology that was within.
This is a particularly nice Dutch example by Jacobus van der Hegge who was Master of the Dutch clockmakers’ guild from 1762 until 1771.
Circa 1725-35 gilt-brass verge and fusee movement signed Jacobus Vand Hegge Haga 147 in outward facing script in a large decorative cartouche on the back plate. Haga means The Hague. Engraved balance table depicting a Dutch man with inset garnets for eyes, and two stylized dolphins. Aperture through the balance displays a large garnet mounted to the balance spring that simulates a swinging pendulum. Four very fine and ornate pierced pillars and decorative fusee stop-work foot.
Silver champlevé dial with Dutch style arcaded minute chapter index with brass pique inserts marking the half hours. Champlevé center with a soldier, unicorn and lion with innermost hour & half-hour index dial. Calendar aperture, signed Vand Hegge.
Silver pair case. Inner case has a 7-knuckle hinge and very small silver mark (triangle with mythological fish/dolphin) for the city or the province of Termonde, in the South Netherlands (now part of Belgium). Thanks to Doug Caulkins for finding this unusual case mark. Outer case has a 5-knuckle hinge and is unmarked. 57 mm.
Late 18th century watch paper on silk by the Amsterdam maker Egbert Jans de Vries. The Dutch paper reads: E. de Vries and son, Watchmakers (Horologie means watchmaker and/or clockmaker), Church street, in the 8th house of the Leidsche street, Amsterdam. (thanks to Ben Hordijk for help translating and providing information on Egbert de Vries and Van der Hegge).