The English Watch
1585-1970 a Unique Alliance of Art, Design and Inventive Genius
ISBN10: 1851495886 ISBN13: 9781851495887 Publisher: Acc Art Books Published: Nov 30 2008 Pages: 503 Weight: 6.70lbs. Height: 11.75" Width: 9.50" Depth: 1.50" Language: English
This is the first book to cover all aspects of English watches from every period. By dividing the watches into six periods, each with its own introduction, the author has been able to provide an admirably clear and comprehensive survey. An outline of each period is followed by information on the trade in London and the provinces, watchmakers, case makers, case styles and decoration, dials, hands, characteristics of the mechanisms and timekeeping capabilities. Over 290 watches illustrating these points have been carefully selected from both private and public collections and details have been enlarged to clarify important features. Many of these watches have never been illustrated before.There is an extensive glossary which includes further technical information and, as well as a detailed general index, there are separate indexes of makers and case makers. The author, a dealer for more than forty years, has a lasting enthusiasm for his subject. He is familiar with its many facets and used to providing answers on a wide range of specific questions. This book is intended not only to be a useful guide to those new to the subject but also a valuable point of reference for those already familiar with it.