A mint and rare condition solid silver, key-wind Scottish fusee lever pocket watch made by Richard Christie of Edinburgh and Leith. The watch is ticking away strongly and comes with a winding key and keeping very good time indeed and just cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker. The watch is a classic 19th century example of a high grade Scottish chain-fusee pocket-watch, well looked after and no doubt good for another 100 years if well cared for. This watch is an excellent example of high quality traditional work. This is a beautifully made key-wound mans Scottish fusee pocket watch, dating from ca. 1856, from the Victorian period.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the silver dial with raised yellow gold Roman numerals and in bright condition and floral decoration to centre and silver and gold floral wriggle work to outer edge. The dial with blue steel spade hands and subsidary seconds. Diameter is 44 mm. The crystal is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with gilt full plate and a Bosely regulator, and blue steel screws. An uncut three arm steel balance, with hairspring and lever escapement. The movement overall of good quality with ruby jewels to the balance staff and 3rd wheel, a very good sign of high quality English work and with 11 jewels. The watch ticking away on my desk as I type this, and keeping very good time for a 150 year old watch and just cleaned and overhauled. The watch with number 6189 and fully signed by the Scottish maker Richard Christie of Edinburgh and Leith. The watch comes with a winding key for winding and hands set. The watch comes with its original integral gilt dust cover in fine order.
THE CASE: 100%, the solid silver consular case measures an impressive 47 mm. The front and rear covers are good, both with solid silver hinges, these close nice and tightly. The case with London hall-marks and silver sterling marks and case number of 972 matching that of the movement. The case sponsor mark of "WH." for William John Hammon, Portland Terrace, Chapel Fields, Coventry. The case with a rubbed wheatear border to the case band and a shield and garter to rear cover. This is a very fine quality Scottish pocket-watch and of jewel like quality.