Jams GREEN, London. No 5237


Outstanding capped and jewelled verge by this interesting maker, circa 1775.

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Large and nicely detailed gilt-metal paircase, the outer retaining the original red silk liner and a cut paper watch token. Capped fullplate fusee movement, the balance running on diamond endstones. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance spiral balance-spring. One-piece enamel dial, original gold beetle & poker hands and retaining its original gold seconds hand. 58.5 mm diameter

James Green, Fenchurch Street, London, watchmaker. One of the specialists appointed by the Board of Longitude to examine Harrison's timekeeper in 1761, Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1784. NB: The lovely silver watch by Green, No 5969, showing mean solar and sidereal time is hallmarked 1776.

A handsome post-H4 verge watch in fine original condition, showing few of the expected signs of use, the gilding original and not re-done, showing wear in only a few minor areas. Not cleaned by me, and priced accordingly, but appears to be working well. It can be freshly serviced if wanted - my likely cost around £150