This is a very fine English silver pair cased pocket watch, in excellent condition, with a verge escapement fusee movement, made around 1770, probably in London. The movement is signed “Martin Catlin, Walden, Essex” and his name is written on the back of a watch paper so I think he must have been the owner rather than maker.
MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement in good, clean condition. It is signed and numbered (108). Beautifully engraved and pierced balance cock. It is running well.
DIAL : The fine white enamel dial is about 35 mm in diameter. It is in excellent condition with no hairlines, chips or scratches.
Nice matching 18th century beetle and poker hands (not reproduction).
INNER CASE : Full hallmarks for London, 1770, maker IL. The hinge is in good condition and the case closes nicely. High dome bull’s eye crystal in good condition. The bow and pendant are fine with the usual repaired join to the case. The silver is in excellent condition with no dents, bad scratches or excessive wear.
OUTER CASE : Matching marks to the inner. Again the hinge is good and the case opens and closes nicely. The catch and button are ok with just a dent in the button but not worn through.. The silver is in good condition with just a few light scratches but no dents, repairs or damage.
The case contains a nice watch paper from Saffron Walden, with the name “Mr.M Catlin, Walden Place” handwritten on the back.