John SMALLWOOD, Lichfield


Fine early 18th century verge, circa 1715, formally the property of David Torrens.

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Large silver paircase with square joint and concave sight ring to outer, the inner with split bezel, casemaker BI (possibly Benjamin Jeffes - see Priestley), the outer with hand cut 'watchpaper' - these were fashionable at the time. Fullplate fusee movement with Egyptian pillars, the elaborately engraved cock with cherub mask at the neck. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Two-piece silver champleve dial, blued-steel beetle & poker hands. 57 mm diameter.

John Smallwood, Lichfield, Staffordshire. Baillie records the sale of his stock in 1741.

NB: This watch, part of the David Torrens estate that was dispersed by Charles Allix (trading as Malcolm Gardner), was sold in July 1969, it's sale being recorded in the receipt books of the Torrens Collection - item 323.

The watch in fine condition, retaining what I believe is its original pendant and stirrup bow - the hands are contemporary replacements. Serviced and guaranteed.