Gilt metal pair case bearing the incuse stamp HH (probably Henry Harding) and a smaller cameo stamp H, possibly also used by Harding. Fullplate fusee movement of fairly standard form but having an extra wheel in the train between the great and centre wheels. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely enamel dial and matching gold hands. 56 mm diameter.
Edward Mann & John Wall, recorded in Loomes as being in business from 1781 to 1793. 8-day pocket watches of what could be considered a ‘standard’ size are rare and I can find no other example of an 8-day watch by these makers.
NB: Edward is possibly the son of Percival Mann working at Lincoln’s Inn in London whose ‘Notice of an Invention of an 8-Day watch’ is recorded in the Daily Advertiser in 1775. The date of invention is given as 22nd October 1754, the year being the same as the serial number of this watch, and which is probably not a coincidence.
Just some light scratches on the otherwise perfect condition dial and, although not mint, in fine original condition overall; plus, after a painstaking overhaul, still willing to run a full week. Serviced and guaranteed.