James POOLE & Co, London. No 5972, for Wm BOND & Son, Boston


Top quality free-sprung watch complete with its rare maker's box, in fine original condition.

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Silver engine-turned crystal (flat glass) case, the inside of the jointed dome engraved ‘Made for Wm Bond & Son, Boston, U. S,’ hallmarked London 1881, casemaker GJT (George James Thickbroom, Clerkenwell). Nicely finished half-plate movement jewelled to 3rd, with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape, the top plate also engraved: AWARDED PRIZE MEDALS PARIS & PHILADELPHIA. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, free-sprung balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial with state-of-wind indication at 12, gold hands. 55 mm diameter.

James Poole & Co, 33 Spencer Street, Clerkenwell ‘Established 1840, Manufacturers of Marine & Pocket Chronometers…’ Poole, alongside Johannsen and Kullberg, were among London’s finest chronometer makers of the second half of the 19th century, the firm becoming a Limited Company circa 1875. NB: A contemporary tradecard in my possession includes a price list of their goods, a silver pocket watch of this superior configuration costing from £23 to £26. 

William Bond & Son ‘established 1793,’ then at 152 State, St, Boston, the most famous American importer of best quality English chronometers and pocket watches.

Light wear just showing on the engine-turning and the smallest of edge chips to the dial, otherwise both watch and box in fine original condition. By repute, having a William Bond family connection. Cleaned and guaranteed