A most unusual and beautifully underpainted horn or shell full hunter case, with a London verge movement, all in outstanding condition. Made for the Middle East market with a 'Turkish' dial and Arabic script on the movement. This is a rare watch, in unusually fine condition.
MOVEMENT : Gilded verge fusee movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock. Signed (in Arabic script) and numbered (11557). In exceptionally fine condition, with the gilding still bright and the blued screws in good order. Running well.
DIAL : White enamel, signed, and in perfect condition . Nice gold hands.
CASE : Heavy gilt hunter case, with both sides covered with underpainted horn or marine shell. Both outer covers and the inner cover are marked with the maker's mark 'JT'. The case in in excellent condition with very little wear to the gilding (a little on the crown and bow). The crystal, hinges and catches are all fine and the covers snap closed nicely.
The horn covering is beautifully painted with flowers, and a gold urn on one side and a gold bow on the other. The covering is in very good condition with no repairs. On the front cover (urn), there are 3 short cracks from the edge and 9 pins missing. On the back cover (bow) there is one small chip on the edge (at about 11 o'clock) and 8 pins missing. The colours are wonderful.
The Emanuel Brothers are listed as wholesalers, in London between 1828 and 1832.