J CARR, London. No 1791


Interesting capped and jewelled verge with sub-seconds circa 1805.

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Fullplate fusee movement with nicely engraved 'portrait' cock showing through the cap, with balance-brake at 9. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely enamel dial of the period with offset seconds at 6, original gold hands. 45 mm diameter, 14 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

J Carr could be the name of the first owner, and just possibly the date, but I think it more likely to be the work of James Carr, son-in-law of Samuel Vale in Coventry, both important characters in the rise and eventual dominance of the Rotherham firm in Coventry watchmaking.

NB: The profile head at the neck of the cock is wearing a laurel leaf crown, which is almost certainly a reference to Napoleon who had himself crowned Emperor with such a Roman inspired crown in 1804.

Dial with faint hair crack and lacking seconds hand. Otherwise an unusual and well appointed verge movement in good original condition. Not cleaned by me but will tick when wound.