Lancashire made verge with Welsh and Italian provenance and interesting hallmarks.
Nicely detailed silver paircase carrying the makers stamp IA (John Adamson, Liverpool) and the following hallmark stamps: a rather naive leopard's head I cannot recall seeing before, the wheatsheaves for Chester, the rare left facing Duty mark first introduced in 1784 and changed just three years later, plus the date letter 'i' for 1784, all very nicely struck. Fullplate fusee movement with well engraved cock. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Enamel dial, gold beetle & poker hands. 53 mm diameter.
Hugh Hughes, recorded as working in Caernarvon and other towns in Wales by Loomes
Portella is a small town 76 miles east of Rome and its connection with Hughes is unclear, although there is a known 19th century connection between Wales and immigration from Italy.
NB: This particular Chester office leopard's head is not shown in the book by Ridgway and Preistley, but one diligent customer has pointed me to a similar head found on a piece of contemporary Chester silver, so it is indeed correct.
In fine original condition showing just a few signs of the expected use and age but far better than most verges of this age, the dial with a few minor scratches but not cracked or chipped. The outer also with interesting but rather worn silk watchpaper with "What is Life..." poem. Serviced, guaranteed and an ideal watch for further research.
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