Ar TOWILL, Taunton. No 1253


£ 2,495.00

Mid-18th century verge with champleve dial, in good original condition.

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Silver pair case, the inner hallmarked London 1745 but the casemaker's stamp rubbed, the outer with no marks as is often seen with silver cases at this date. Beautifully engraved fullplate fusee movement of the period with square baluster pillars, the cock not having suffered the common disfiguring alterations caused by later changes to the banking. Verge escapement. Brass balance, spiral balance-spring. Two-piece silver champleve dial, the centre cartouche featuring a scallop shell, with blued-steel beetle & poker hands that give every sign of being original. 51 mm diameter.

A J Moore in his book on the Clockmakers of Somerset... refers to this watch which was sold at Christies in 1980, but misreads the name as Torvill - Christies printed it correctly. Moore states the first name as Arthur.

NB: Most watches bear the name of their retailer, rather than their maker, this being no exception. It is however clearly good London work of the period and of that mid-18th century lenticular shape that is as good in the hand as it is in appearance.

Minor signs of use throughout but generally in good original condition, the pendant revolving and not later soldered, and altogether much better than the majority of surviving watches of this age - not far off 300 years. Serviced and guaranteed.