A mint and substantial solid silver chain driven fusee lever pocket watch, 20 size, made by Tobias of Liverpool in the 19th century. The watch in a very high quality fully engraved solid silver case, the movement jewelled through the train, with 17 large Liverpool jewels, all the way to the fusee, so clearly made for someone with a deep pocket when new, 180 years ago.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals in bright conditio. Dial with gold spade hands and sub-seconds dial. Diameter is 47 mm. The glass is also in excellent condition, although very reflective causing some lighting patterns.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with finely mercurial gilded full plate and finely engraved balance cock, with a diamond end-stone. A shiny blued steel Bosely regulator, and a substantial ruby endstone setting, fine blued steel screws. A large shiny bimetallic balance, with flat hairspring and jewelled to the balance staff, pallets, escape wheel and through the train with large Liverpool jewels, including the fusee arbor. An English lever escapement and fusee in very good condition. The movement with lots of nice features such as an extended fusee ratchet spring, and Harrison's maintaining power. On the movement top plate it is numbered 5590 and signed by the famous maker, Tobias of Liverpool and with an intergal dust cover.
THE CASE: the solid silver case measures an impressive 55 mm outside diameter and the complete watch weighs a substantial 87 grams. The hinges are excellent with the covers all closing tightly, and the bow is original and tight to the case. The watch with Chester hall marks and sterling silver stamps and sponsor mark of "TC" The top pendant and bow also in stunning condition. The case band with a raised finely ribbed profile. This is a high quality case with deep and rich engraved shield and garter to the case back.