A mint and very rare condition gold and under-painted shell mid-18th century verge chain driven fusee pair-case pocket watch by Spencer and Perkins of London, fully serviced, overhauled and keeping good verge time. The watch with an original early 19th century period watch paper from Essex. The watch has been fully serviced and overhauled by my watch maker and is keeping good verge time. The watch watch comes from a private collection where it has clearly been looked after. Watches from this period with the fire-gilding to the watch movement and cases in such bright condition are very uncommon and with a large balance cock foot . The movement with fine Egpytian square pillars and with finely made and decorated blued steel beetle and poker hands, and a fabulous under-painted horn/shell outer case, cleary well looked after, the watch is very handsome piece indeed. The watch is very handsome piece indeed and further complimented by very good condition cases.
The watch is best described as a time-capsule from the 18th century in simply stunning condition. This is a beautifully made English key-wound man's verge paircase pocket watch, dating from in ca. 1770-1780, from the late Georgain period. The watch with stunning tortoiseshell outer case. The watch is in full working order and comes complete with a key for winding and presentation box.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the the original white enamel dial with black Roman numerals in stunning condition with no chips or hairlines. Finely made blued steel beetle and poker hands, a work of art to see, beautifully cut and polished, do note the delicate 5-pointed hour hand, a work of art. The bullseye glass in very fine condition. Diameter is 35 mm.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with richly gilded full plate in wonderful condition. The well engraved and carved rococo style balance cock and large foot in superb condition with rose to centre and most unusually a "ho-ho bird" to the cock foot. The back plate with further decoration and finely silvered Tompion time regulator plate with finely pierced and decorated additional plate. An uncut three arm steel balance, English verge escapement with flat hairspring and fusee and chain. The watch signed, Spencer and Perkins of London, number 9443. The watch is keywind, comes with a key and is ticking very strongly indeed and movement size is 36 mm diameter. The movement with square Egyptian pillars. Polished steel movement bolt with its original blued steel ornate screw. Pierced gilded fusee stop work with iron hinge.
The movement with several high quality features. These consist of the fusee ratchet on the outside of the fusee, the third wheel is positioned at the top of the movement and the mainspring setup is under the barrel via a worm and ratchet and a highly decorative and carved case spring. The screws are original, and the gilding is still bright and fresh. The watch comes with a watch key and the watch runs the full length of the fusee chain. .
THE CASE: 100% mint, , the gold and underpainted shell outer case measures 48 mm outside diameter. The matching gold inner case measures 40 mm and with two tiny fine marks as shown. The five knuckle square outer case hinge is excellent with the case closing tight and like-wise the inner case hinge also closes tight. The pendant and d-shaped bow, in superb condition. The outer case with underpainted shell, with a tiny hairline or so, near the button release. The surface is complete and in fabulous condition. The cases of heavy gauge and a good weight and feel in the pocket and fully working spring clip and button.
THE WATCH-MAKERS: The watch-makers Emanuel Spencer and Perkins of London were located at 44, Snow Hill, near NewGate in the period this watch was made. From 1802-1808 they were at 115 Newgate, London. If this watch is anything to go by, they had a good eye for detail and finish, which is presumably why this watch has lasted so well over nearly 250 years old. The minor wear and a tiny hairline to the shell outer case is quite exceptional and given how fragile this material is, it has survived remarkably well indeed.
THE WATCH-PAPERS: The watch with a finely made paper lace rounderal with a faded colour centre and also an early 19th century repairers watch paper from "John Stokes of Bocking & Terling" in Essex. The paper with an early owners details to reverse for Mr. Dixon of Bardfield, dated April 20th 1830. The watch was cleaned at a cost of 1 shilling and 6d and a new glass at 2 shilling, giving a total of 3s and 6d.