Wm GRIDLEY. No 1774


£ 1,495.00

Lovely 18th century verge with owners name and date on movement.

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Silver pair case hallmarked London 1773/4, casemaker IR (probably James Richards, London). Fullplate fusee movement with square baluster pillars and nicely pierced and engraved balance cock. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance with spiral balance-spring. Beautiful Roman and Arabic dial, blued-steel beetle & poker hands. 49 mm diameter. The outer with contemporary watchpaper - see pic.

William Gridley is not recorded as a watchmaker and is almost certainly the name of the watches first owner. The most likely contender is the William Gridley who was a member of the Glovers Company and who gained his 'Freedom' of the Company, and the City of London, on 24th September 1776. The online Metropolitan Archives show a copy of the document, which is signed by John Sawbridge, MP and then Lord Mayor of London. It also records that William Gridley is ordered to make a payment of forty-six shillings and eight pence into the City's coffers within three months of getting his Freedom, otherwise it is void. 

NB: My thanks to Keith Orford for pointing me towards this document, and to all those who offer information relevant to items on my website - it is always appreciated.

The riveted bow now soldered, as most are, and the dial with a few small scratches. Otherwise a lovely lenticular shaped pair cased watch (so good in the hand) in fine original condition, with the added benefit of an identified first owner. Cleaned and guaranteed.