A mint and very rare solid silver and enamel set English 18th century highly engraved verge chain driven fusee pair-case pocket watch by the famous watch-maker, John Richards of London. The watch has been fully serviced and overhauled by my watch maker and is keeping good verge time. The watch in simply magnificent condition and from a private collection where it has clearly been looked after very well. Watches from this period in solid silver and enamel set cases are now very rare, and with no pin holes, excess solder filling or stretch marks are very uncommon. The movement with fine round ballustar pillars and equally superbly made solid gold hands. The watch is very handsome piece indeed and further complimented by a very fine condition case. The watch is best described as a time-capsule from the 18th century in simply stunning condition, dating from 1799, from the Georgian period.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the the raised white enamel dial with fine black Roman numerals, and a separate minute track to outside of dial and with no hairlines or chips. The bright white enamel dial with no chips. The dial with original solid gold hour and minute hands. The domed glass in very fine condition. Diameter is 42 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. The balance cock further inset with a sheet of music. 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, John Richards of London, number 108/17. The watch is keywind, comes with a key and is ticking very strongly indeed and movement size is 39 mm diameter. The movement with round ballustar pillars. Polished steel movement bolt with its original blued steel screw. Pierced gilded fusee stop work with iron hinge. The movement with unusual dust cover as shown. 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 set up is under the dial, and a 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 MAKER: The watch-maker John Richards of London was a fine watch-maker , working in London in the late 18th century. He was born in 1759 and was a member of the Clock Makers Company from 1781-1808. Tregent made many fine watches including verge, cylinder and duplex watches and many repeaters. Examples of his work are found in many of the finest museums including the British Museum.
THE CASE: 100%,the solid silver outer case measures an impressive 53 mm outside diameter and the inner case, 47 mm and it weighs in total 120 grams. The hinged covers both closing tightly, and all in fine order. The well concealed five knuckle hinge in good order. The case with London hall-marks, case maker marks and King George's head looking right. The pendant very well made D-bow in superb order. Most unusually pushing down the top pendant button, opens the case front bezel. The cases with a sponsor mark of "TC" and a small "cross" for John Wright of Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell, London. The cases clearly original to the movement and they have always been together. The cases of heavy gauge and a good weight and feel in the pocket, and the outer spring button in fine order. The original and non-disturbed enamel work to the outer case in stunning conditon. To the rear cover, there is grey-hound, with a collar and small fob. Possibly the watch made as a presentation piece for a race-winning grey-hound and its owner. The dog, in a pastoral scene with fine clear colors and no damage or hairlines to the enamel. Overall a very rare and stunning solid silver and enamel watch from a fine English maker. This is a high quality watch, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality.