Silver pair case, neither case hallmarked nor with a casemaker’s stamp, 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. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Two-piece silver champleve dial, the centre cartouche nicely signed, with fine blued-steel beetle & poker hands that give every sign of being original. 50 mm diameter.
John Costellow, Goldsmith and one time Mayor of Chichester, working in the Pallant. Costellow died in 1744
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 looks.
Minor signs of use throughout but generally in unusually fine original condition, the stirrup bow is original and the pendant still revolves and has not been later soldered. The cannon pinion pinned on to the centre arbor is also untouched, never having been shortened, altogether surviving much better than the majority of watches of this age – not far off 300 years. Serviced and guaranteed.