Large silver pair case with loose-ring pendant, the outer with concave sight ring and ‘square’ joint, the inner numbered 1862 near the pendant and with split bezel, both cases stamped WI (probably John Willoughby, London), the outer also carrying a small French(?) import mark near the gout. Fine London made fullplate fusee movement with Egyptian pillars, the symmetrically pierced and engraved cock with wide D-shaped foot and flowing streamers. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely two-piece silver champleve dial with central signed cartouche, the rear of which is neatly engraved ‘Ia’ (William Jaques, London). Blued-steel beetle & poker hands. 57.5 mm diameter.
Christopher Clarke and almost certainly Ahasuerus Fromanteel II, a partnership formed in Amsterdam around 1695. Clarke was born in London and married the daughter of Ahasuerus Fromanteel I and later formed a partnership with Roger Dunster before returning to London. Clarke died in 1735. His partner, Ahasuerus II, died in 1703 but it is thought the partnership name continued to be used until Clarke’s partnership with Dunster was formed around 1722.
NB: This Amsterdam based partnership rarely used a place name on their clocks and watches and obviously sold into both the English and continental European markets, but I note that their clocks generally show all the signs of being Dutch made and their watches of being English made, as here. John Willoughby and William Jaques are both fine London workmen and are often seen working together in watches retailed by Daniel Quare and particularly Joseph Windmills.
In lovely original condition showing few of the expected signs of wear normally associated with 300-year old watches, and fitted with a correct high-dome, non-bullseye crystal. Serviced and guaranteed.