Edwd PRIOR, London. No 75817


Fine triple-cased Coventry made watch for the Turkish market.

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Three silver cases, the outer covered with pinned tortoiseshell, both outer and middle case with chased and engraved bezels, the inner hallmarked London 1864, casemaker WCS (William Caleb Scott, Clerkenwell), also with another unidentified stamp. Fullplate fusee movement with crested pillars, a typical late 17th/18th century caliper, but a style that continued well into the 19th century with these watches. Verge (recoil) escapement, steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Typical signed enamel dial with Islamic numerals, in almost perfect condition, blued-steel beetle & poker hands. Outer tortoiseshell covered case 55 mm diameter.

Edward Prior, son of George Prior, one of the names associated with these Islamic market watches: Markwick, Markham, Rogers, French, etc. While some of these watches are of Swiss origin, the survival of a few unfinished movements in their original tins points to Coventry manufacture for these English made examples - see Charles Allix & Associates Postal Bid Catalogue No 3, June 1996, item 158.

The watch has been worn and the dial has a few minor scratches, the outer case has a few missing silver pins, as usual, and it also has a slight crack in the tortoiseshell (turtle shell) but importantly no part is lacking. Otherwise a very good and complete example of its kind which has just been serviced, and is sold with my usual guarantee.