Fine large capped and jewelled verge watch by this interesting maker.
Silver pair case hallmarked London 1800, the outer with contemporary watchpaper, casemaker EL (Edward Leeming). Nicely finished and engraved fullplate fusee movement with balance-brake, the silver cap signed as the movement and stamped LF. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely white enamel dial of unusual layout, with large offset seconds and date indication, gold hands. 61 mm diameter.
Daniel Gill, High Street, Rye, recorded as a silversmith, watch and clockmaker as well as an agent for Royal Exchange Assurance, eventually also becoming a banker. His former shop, taken over by his son Samuel, now bears a blue plaque and Daniel's Will can be consulted at the National Archives, Kew.
Dial with the usual but hardly visible small hair crack, otherwise a large and unusual verge watch in fine original condition - the watch has been used, but also well looked after. Serviced, including a new unscratched high dome glass, and guaranteed.
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