A mint and very rare condition solid silver repousse mid-18th century verge chain driven fusee pair-case pocket watch by John Current of London, fully serviced, overhauled and keeping good verge time. The watch with the rare feature of a solid silver repousse 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 round ballustar pillars and with finely made and decorated blued steel beetle and poker hands, and a very pretty repousse outer case,
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 bullseye glass in very fine condition. Diameter is 36 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 centre. The back plate with further solid silver 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, John Current of London, number 723. The watch is keywind, comes with a key and is ticking very strongly indeed and movement size is 36 mm diameter. The movement with round ballustar 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 dial, and with 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 repousse case measures 47 mm outside diameter. The matching silver inner case measures 41 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 pendant and d-shaped bow, in superb condition. The outer case with very pretty raised and sharp classical design to the repousse 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. The watch comesd with a number of period watch-repairer watch-papers, one of which is shown