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    Ralph Gout London Rare Verge Fusee with Horse Pedometer, circa 1799
    Case: gilt, three body, inner signed dust cap, No. 255, upper plunger device to register pedometer units
    Dial: enamel, Roman numerals, 10 and 100 unit counter dials, gilt and steel hands, center 100 unit registering hand
    Movement: fire gilt full plate, No. 255, verge fusee, pierced cock with knight's helmet and trophy motif, diamond endstone
    Signed: signed Ralph Gout on the dial, dust cap and movement

    Notes: In 1799 Ralph Gout patented this unique horse pedometer and watch combination. The movement is signed "Patent by The Kings Letters, Ralph Gout, 255". Gout also made numerous watches for theTurkish market and invented a device for measuring the revolutions of a carriage wheel. This unique timepiece has the capability of measuring up to 6000 paces. There is a ten unit counter to the right, a hundred unit counter to the left and a center counter hand which advances for every hundred. The watch would be in a saddle holder and with each pace the horse took the upper plunger type device would be pulled in and out to activate the pedometer mechanism. Due to the rugged "job" this type timepiece was designed for, it is very rare to find a surviving example in good condition.



    Condition Report*: Type: Ralph Gout London Rare Verge Fusee with Horse Pedometer
    Dial: enamel, Roman, counter dials, center counter hand
    Hands; gilt and blue steel
    Metal: gilt
    Case Info: plain three body, upper plunger for pedometer
    Case Width: 56 mm
    Crystal: glass bulls eye
    Watch Movement: No. 255, fire gilt full plate, verge fusee, pierced balance cock with Knight in armor motif and engraved trophy, diamond endstone, silver disc regulator
    Circa: 1799
    Condition: movement is very good, dial good with hairline at the base, case with wear to the gilding on the back, upper counter plunger likely later
    Notes: In 1799 Ralph Gout patented this unique horse pedometer and watch combination. The movement is signed "Patent by The Kings Letters, Ralph Gout, 255". Gout also made numerous watches for theTurkish market and invented a device for measuring the revolutions of a carriage wheel. This unique timepiece has the capability of measuring up to 6000 paces. There is a ten unit counter to the right, a hundred unit counter to the left and a center counter hand for every hundred.
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