Alexr HARE, London. No 186


A lovely verge watch with seconds by this most interesting maker

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Nicely detailed silver paircase, the inner with earlier-style revolving shutter, hallmarked 1769, casemaker IL (John Laithwaite, Clerkenwell), the outer with contemporary London watchpaper - see pic. Top quality fullplate fusee movement with finely pierced and engraved balance cock, pinions of 8, and the train, including the contrate, crossed out in 6's. Verge escapement, steel balance. Enamel dial with seconds at six most beautifully laid out, blued-steel hands. 49.5 mm diameter.

Alexander Hare, 17 Grenville St, Hatton Garden, one of London's most interesting but least known watchmakers of the period. Hare, along with Benjamin Vulliamy, John Arnold, Alexander Cumming, John Grant and many others, were offered to be made Free of the Clockmakers' Company in 1781 in their attempt to try and attract some real watchmaker members - Hare, along with all but one of those whose names appear in the records, chose not to take up the offer.

Dial with hair cracks and repair to a small chip at the centre, Otherwise a lovely looking verge watch of this important 'Harrison inspired' period. Cleaned and guaranteed.