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Silver commemorative pair-case watch. Made by John Buschman, London. The inner case bears the maker's mark 'WI' for John Willoughby and date letter and leopard's head for 1697. The dial plate is decorated with an applied gold trophy of arms with a central compartment containing a gold bust in shallow relief of William III - possibly taken from a coin of the prevous reign, set against silk under faceted glass. The back plate is engraved with the royal arms as used by Queen Anne and the plate is formed of the cypher 'WR'. The regulator balance cock foot is in the form of a trophy of arms. Many of these commemorative watches were made by foreign makers working in England.
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