A mint and very rare condition solid silver mid-18th century verge chain driven fusee pair-case pocket watch by James Campbell of London, fully serviced, overhauled and keeping good verge time. The watch with the rare feature of a heavy and substantial solid silver pair-case in fabulous condition. The watch has been fully serviced and overhauled by my watch maker, and is 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.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the original white enamel dial with black Roman numerals in stunning condition with no chips or hairlines. The dial with the early feature of the movement catch at the 6 o'clock position, and this needs to be pushed upwards to release the movement from the case. Finely made blued steel beetle and poker hands, a work of art to see, beautifully cut and polished. The bullseye glass in very fine condition. Diameter is 39 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 flower to the centre. The balance cock foot with beautifully engraved grotesque mask. The back plate with further gilded decoration and finely made blued steel 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, James Campbell of London, number 22915. The watch is keywind, comes with a key and is ticking very strongly indeed and movement size is 38 mm diameter. The movement with square ballustar 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 CASE: 100% mint, the solid silver outer case measures 53 mm outside diameter. The matching silver inner case measures 46 mm and with a few fine patination 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 cases with London hall-marks clealry visible, with case maker mark of "HB". The pendant and d-shaped bow, in superb condition. The outer case with no holes or any damage, just the normal wear to high points. The surface is complete and in very fine and bright condition. The cases of heavy gauge and a good weight and feel in the pocket.