Rare English Bilston (probably) enamel cased watch, circa 1760.
Single gilt-metal and polychrome enamel case with floral deigns to both the outside and inside. Fullplate fusee movement with the usual finely engraved cock and slide-plate. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely and almost perfect Roman & Arabic enamel dial, the winding hole between 3 and 4 not marred by the usual careless use of a key, blued-steel hands. 47 mm diameter.
Possibly William Stone who was apprenticed to John Hoddle in 1718, but who does not appear to have taken up his freedom of the Company.
English enamel cases of this type and date, mostly produced in Bilston on the outskirts of Wolverhampton, are uncommon, the more so in good condition. Jagger shows a couple of example in his book The Artistry of the English Watch, page 126 - see also Bilston Enamels of the 18th Century by Tom Cope, published around 1980.
Case gilding showing some wear and some minor restoration to the enamel case, mostly inside, and the smallest of chips to the enamel dial at the catch, as usual. Otherwise a fine and rare example of these lovely and colourful Georgian watches, of which so few seem to have survived. Serviced and guaranteed.
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