Isaac ROGERS, London. No 20167


Rare new/old stock pair cased verge - little or never used.

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Wonderfully crisp silver pair case hallmarked London 1796, casemaker TC (Thomas Carpenter, London), the outer complete with the original red silk liner and Isaac Rogers watchpaper. Capped fullplate fusee movement, the cap stamped R.H. Verge escapement, steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Enamel dial in perfect condition with original gold hands under an original high dome crystal - 'bullseye' glasses are a 19th century invention and would never have been fitted to a watch of this quality. 57 mm diameter.

Isaac Rogers, son of Isaac, White Hart Court, Lombard Street, London, an important watchmaker particularly known, though not exclusively, for his top quality Islamic market watches. He was made Master of the Clockmakers' Company in 1813.

NB: The story of these watches, as far as I know, is that a small cache of similar, mostly unused watches were given to the Red Cross to aid the war effort during the second World War, after which they were sold off. Examples occasionally now surface but most have found their way into established and museum collections. Most show a slight fault (which may have been the reason they were not sold in the first place) and this watch has a few blemishes to the gilding on the cap, otherwise it would fully justify the term 'mint' 

In fine unused condition, showing how jewel-like were such watches when originally sold, the edges of the case in lovely crisp condition - the quality of manufacture is truly an education. Freshly serviced and guaranteed.