This is a gorgeous English pair cased pocket watch, with a silver inner case and beautiful green shark or ray skin (shagreen) outer pair case. It has a verge escapement fusee movement and was made around 1757 by David Davies in London.
MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement, beautifully engraved and pieced balance cock with “lace” edging. The movement is signed (Dav. Davies, London) and numbered (160). The movement is in excellent condition and is running well (currently to within a minute an hour).
DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 36.5 mm in diameter and in perfect condition except for one small flake on the edge between 5 and 6 o’clock.
Nice 18th century steel beetle and poker hands (not reproductions).
INNER CASE : Very fine condition, fully hallmarked for London, 1757, maker’s mark TB. The bow and pendant are fine and appear to be original. The hinge is also fine and the case snaps shut nicely. Good high dome crystal in fine condition. The movement is released by pressing the catch through a small hole in the case, rather than the usual thumbnail piece.
OUTER CASE : Beautiful outer case of green shagreen. The shagreen is in excellent condition, with no damage or missing pins. The olive green colour is still rich. The hinge, catch and release button are fine and the case closes nicely.
This outer case is signed “PG”. It appears to be silver but is not hallmarked
Loomes lists David Davis in London, pre-1768, retired 1772.