Very nice single handed Louis XIV onion watch. Diameter is 57mm, height is 65mm, thickness is 35mm. Beautiful gilt dial with porcelain cartouches. Big silver balance bridge is very nice, it's beautifully decorated with floral ornament.
Gilt case is decorated with arabesques. As usual for single handed onion, it winds from the centre of dial counter-clockwise.
Watch is signed by Rabby in Paris. François Rabby is mentioned by Tardy, he was installed on rue de Harlay in Paris since 1689.He was married in 1686, received Master in 1717. Tardy mentions, that he was imprisoned in 1718 for marrying his daughter for protestant from Geneve in English embassy. Interesting story, showing the sympathies of French watchmakers to huguenots and orders of Louis XIV time.. Condition Condition is quite nice. Dial is in ok condition, with some cartouches repaired. Movement is running in every position, though I don't guarantee time keeping. The case appears to be in good condition. Watch is very realistically priced, don't miss it. The item "SINGLE HAND 1690s FRENCH LOUIS XIV OIGNON Verge Fusee Antique Pocket Watch" is in sale since Thursday, September 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Pocket Watches\Antique". The seller is "goodoldwatch" and is located in Armentières en Brie. This item can be shipped worldwide.