Silver paircase hallmarked London 1809, casemaker WL under a stag (William Linsley, Bunhill Row, London). Capped and jewelled fullplate fusee movement with balance-brake operating on the contrate, the balance cock with diamond endstone and the cap stamped LF, initials often seen on good London work. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. One-piece enamel dial, gold hands. 55.5 mm diameter. Together with a silver XII penny (shilling) token issued in Bristol and taken in payment by Bird and four other Bristol tradesmen, 25 mm diameter.
Working from 1784 in Corn St, St James, Edward Bird succeeded to the business of his old master Joseph Wood in Clare Street in 1791. He moved to Wine St in 1815.
The token was Issued on August 12, 1811 in order to facilitate trade in Bristol by the Commercial Token Bank Co. This was the result of a shortage of smaller denomination official Royal Mint coinage then in circulation, the lack of which was harming business. Bird’s name can be found on a six penny (sixpence) token as well. These tokens are not mentioned in the book on Bristol clockmakers by A J Moore – Edward Bird is of course.
A light hair crack and a scratch on the dial, and some of the expected general signs of use. Otherwise a fine capped and jewelled London watch in good original condition, and issued by an interesting retailer – as well as being a good example suitable for wear, even today. Serviced and guaranteed.
The token also in good, unworn, unpolished condition. Probably at least VF (very fine), and seemingly uncommon is such good condition, and not cleaned by me.