A mint and very rare condition solid silver mid-18th century verge chain driven fusee pair-case pocket watch by Thomas Barker of London, fully serviced, overhauled and keeping good verge time. The 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 very fine paircase.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, 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. The dial with movement release catch at 6.00. The bullseye glass in very fine condition. Diameter is 37 mm.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with richly gilded full plate in wonderful condition. The well engraved and carved rococo style balance cock and foot in superb condition with foliage and flowers and unusual floral centre with wheatear bordered edge. The back plate with further decoration and Tompion time regulator plate with finely pierced and engraved additional plate. An uncut three arm steel balance, verge escapement with flat hairspring and fusee and chain. The watch signed, Thomas Barker of London, with a number 13918. The watch is keywind, comes with a key and is ticking very strongly indeed and movement size is 34 mm diameter. The movement with Egyptian square pillars. Polished steel movement bolt with its original blued steel screw. Pierced gilded fusee stop work with iron hinge.
The movement with several high quality early 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 set up is under the barrel via a worm and ratchet and a highly decorative and carved case spring. The finely blued screws are original, the fusee stop iron spring screw is ornate as is the case catch, a fine example of its kind 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 solid silver outer case measures an impressive 50 mm outside diameter. The hinged cover closing tightly, and all in fine order. The five knuckle hinge in good order. The inner case measures 42 mm. The cases with matching London hall-marks, case maker marks and silver sterling marks. The pendant re-attached as normally seen with cases from this period, but very well done indeed, and a very well made D-bow. The inner and outer cases with the year letter "b" for 1777 and sponsor mark of "W.B.". The pair-case of heavy gauge and a good weight and feel in the pocket. The outer-case spring clip in working order and the silvered button showing minor wear. The watch comes with a mid 19th century watch repairer paper from Thomas Baxter of 12, Guildhall Street, Bury and dated March 1855.