This is an English silver pair cased pocket watch, in triple shell and silver cases, with a heavy silver chatelaine. It is in good working condition, with a verge escapement fusee movement, and was made around 1730, by Martineau (probably James) in London.
MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement with square pillar, jewelled endstone and engraved and pierced balance cock. The movement is signed but not numbered. It is running well.
The left hand corner of the wide “D” foot to the balance cock is missing though the balance cock is still held firmly.
DIAL : The wonderful signed enamel dial is about 35 mm in diameter. It is in excellent condition with the gold half hour markers still fresh with no rubbing. No repairs.
SILVER INNER CASE : No hallmarks, just a maker’s mark AP below a crown. The hinge is in good condition and the case closes nicely. High dome crystal in good condition. The bow and pendant are fine but with the usual repaired join to the case. The silver is in very good condition.
SILVER MIDDLE CASE : Diameter 50 mm. Again no hallmarks. The hinge is in good condition and the case closes nicely. The catch and button are intact though the button is worn down. Again, the silver is in very good condition.
SILVER/SHELL OUTER CASE : Diameter 55.5mm. The hinge, catch and release button are fine and the case closes nicely, although the button is worn down. The shell has a few pieces missing. On the bezel, the largest missing piece is 1.5cm, at the hinge. Otherwise just 3 small chips. On the back there are no large pieces missing but some cracks and about 7 small chips around the edge, the largest about 3mm x 2 mm. There are about 20 pins missing but there are no repairs, and the case is strong and a beautiful colour.
SILVER CHATELAINE : The lovely old chatelaine has Dutch silver marks. It is about 26cm long.