Fine early 18th century verge, circa 1720, in lovely original condition.
Large silver paircase with square joint, concave sight ring to outer and loose ring pendant, the inner with split bezel, casemaker SG (Solomon Gibbs, London), with both cases stamped. Fullplate fusee movement with Egyptian pillars, the beautifully engraved silver cock with cherub mask at the neck. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Two-piece silver champleve dial with fine cartouches in the centre, blued-steel beetle & poker hands, and correct high dome glass - bullseye glasses are a 19th century invention. 59 mm diameter.
Solomon Gibbs, born around 1694, watch case maker working in Plough Yard, Fetter Lane, London. He registered this stamp, his second, in 1718/9.
NB: It is most unusual for a casemaker to also be selling completed watches, which may explain why the number on the movement, mostly hidden by the slide-plate, is a low 29.
The inner case has been engraved (neatly) with the number 7670 next to the SG stamp at some point - perhaps originally. Otherwise the watch in very fine original condition - far better than most 300 year old watches. Serviced and guaranteed.
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