Essex

Rare 300-year-old 'shutter' pocket watch sold for £8,600

Close up of Bushman pocket watch design
Image caption The shutters open to reveal the revolving hour and minute rings

A 300-year-old pocket watch believed to be one of only 10 of its kind still in existence has been sold for £8,600.

The Bushman pocket watch features an unusual "shutter display" design, showing a revolving dial as opposed to the traditional revolving hands.

The watch, estimated to fetch between £5,000 to £7,000 was bought by a telephone bidder at an auction in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.

The auctioneers said it had received interest from across Europe.

The timepiece was sold by a private collector from mid-Wales.

It was believed to have been made in about 1710, and is one of a pair. The other is at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Guy Schooling, managing director of Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, said he could only trace one example of a watch of this kind coming up for auction before.

On that occasion, in New York a decade ago, the item was sold for about $6,000.

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