Large early Georgian verge in unusually fine original condition, circa 1720.
Silver pair case with loose ring pendant, the outer with 'square' joint, both cases stamped CW under a coronet (either Cuthbert Weaver or Clay Whitton - see Priestley). Typically flamboyantly engraved fullplate fusee movement of the period with Egyptian pillars, the beautifully pierced and engraved cock with flowing steamers and wide D-shaped foot. Lovely two-piece silver engraved dial with signed central cartouche, and correct blued-steel beetle & poker hands. 56.5 mm diameter.
Philip Abbot, free of the Clockmakers' Company in 1703 and known to have been working until 1733. NB: From the late 17th century, if not long before, the making of watches was a collaborative endeavour involving many individuals with specialist skills. The name a watch bears is always (with rare exceptions) that of the retailer and any watch should be judged on the quality of the work of those specialists rather than the name alone. This watch is very well finished, as one would expect of London work of the period.
The pendant a recent restoration (replacing an incongruous later change), otherwise case, dial and movement in very good original condition, much better than the majority of watches of this age (300 years old), with correct high dome, non bullseye, glass. Serviced and guaranteed.
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