A rare Indian retailed watch by this interesting London maker.
Nicely detailed silver crystal (flat glass) case hallmarked London 1868, casemaker AT (Alford Thickbroom, Clerkenwell). Capped fullplate fusee movement engraved for Jones. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Almost perfect one-piece enamel dial signed for both Jones and its Indian retailer. 50 mm diameter.
John Jones (1815-1909), 338 Strand, London, a most influential if now little known watchmaker who played an important part in the founding of the British Horological Institute in 1858. His 1870's stationery shows him as maker to HM the Queen, the Emperor of Russia, the Khedive of Russia and the Indian Government, as well as the East Indian, the Great Indian Peninsular and Other Railways. See also the important article on him by Alan Shenton in Clocks, August 1979.
In surprisingly good and little used condition, the dial with just a small edge chip at its brass-edge joint. This does not show with the bezel shut. Serviced and guaranteed.
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