Good hunter cased watch with interesting provenance that offers further scope for research.
Heavy silver engine-turned hunting case hallmarked London 1858, casemaker IT (James Thickbroom, Clerkenwell), the inside of the front cover beautifully engraved "The Gift of the GOVERNOR of CHRISTS HOSPITAL to James Haldane Brown, a boy of the Royal MATHEMATICAL SCHOOL for his Diligence and general good Conduct, 1859." Good quality Liverpool or Coventry supplied fullplate fusee movement, the cap stamped J.S (possibly Josiah Stanley, Rainhill). Single-roller detached lever escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely off-white signed enamel dial, original gold hands. 54 mm diameter.
James Brock, from a family of watchmakers, one time foreman at Messrs Dent's where he oversaw the making of the clock for the Palace of Westminster. The firm also made superior longcase regulators with gravity escapements and are known to have retailed some fine watches, as well as supplying 'prize' watches to Christs Hospital School for over 50 years - judging by those I have handled, most seem to have been very well looked after by their recipients.
The light engine-turning on the case showing wear and the faintest of hair cracks in the dial, otherwise an interesting English key wound hunter of the period in good original condition. Cleaned and guaranteed.
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