Silver pair case hallmarked Birmingham 1827, the outer with contemporary watchpaper, casemaker JH (James Heales, Spon St, Coventry). Nicely engraved fullplate fusee movement with transitional Tompion/Bosley regulation. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely dial with gilt engraved centre, enamel chapter ring in perfect condition, outside of which is a gilt ring engraved: KEEP ME CLEAN AND USE ME WELL AND I TO YOU THE TRUTH WILL TELL, blued-steel hands. 56.5 mm diameter.
Edward Loseby, watchmaker, father of the famous chronometer maker also called Edward. See also similar examples in Camerer Cuss The English Watch 1585-1970, plate 247, and Shenton Pocket Watches 19th & 20th Century, plate 25.
A large watch in fine but not mint condition and a very good example of this interesting dial, a design which was produced in Coventry for at least twenty years. Most that survive are not, however, in such good condition as this. Serviced and guaranteed.