Rare Verge Fusee Antique French Oignon LeClerc of Paris Pocket Watch Late 1600s. This is a rare beautiful antique verge fusee pocket watch from the late 1600s. The watch is by LeClerc in Paris. According to Baillie's Watchmaker's of the World, there is a Daniel LeClerc watchmaker operating in Paris in the 1600s.
I assume that this watch was made by him or one of his children in the late 1600s. These French watches from this era are called "Oignons" which is French for onion, because their size and shape resembled them. The case is gilded brass with decorative raised designs surrounding the outside. This watch is over 300 years old, and I recommend a professional restoration. Other condition: The dial is not original to the watch and has a small crack at'25'.However, many of these oignon watches were later "upgraded" to porcelain dials by the owners. The crystal is a plastic replacement with a hole in the center for setting. The crystal has scratches and is a little frosted in the middle (see photos). There appears to be some gray paint or solder that in a couple places on the back of the case, and along the rim near the opening (see photos). The stem is slightly bent (see photo).
The hour hand is loose and causes the minute hand to become loose. It seems the hour hand needs to be press-fit back on to the hour wheel. I did not attempt to press it on to avoid potential damage to the dial. Please see my other listings.
The photos and video serve as part of the description of condition. The item "Rare Verge Fusee Antique French Oignon LeClerc of Paris Pocket Watch Late 1600s" is in sale since Sunday, November 11, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Pocket Watches\Antique". The seller is "watchman16" and is located in Huntsville, Alabama. This item can be shipped worldwide.