Thos BRAY, London. No 9946


£ 325.00

Rare and unusual 'Doctor's dial' verge movement, circa 1810.

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Fullplate fusee movement with finely engraved cock and slide plate, the train arranged to show centre-seconds with an hour and minute chapter at 2, but also with fast/slow regulation dial at 6, the c-seconds work operating off the 3rd rather than the normal 4th wheel (see Hatton's Treatise...). Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. A most beautiful signed enamel dial layout with outside seconds track of a type I have not seen elsewhere, fine original gold hands. 44 mm diameter, 13 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Thomas Bray, watchmaker, initially working next to St Margaret'e Church, later from 8 Little Queen St Westminster, recorded in Britten's as operating between 1797 and 1825.

Dial with hair cracks and small chip, lacking centre-secs hand and staff broken. Otherwise appears to be complete, including fusee chain. Not working of course, but worth the price for the lovely small pierced gold hands alone, let alone the unusual dial and c-secs work.