This is an early verge pocket watch, in a gilt brass repousse case. It was made by Thomas Grignion in Covent Garden, London, around 1740.
MOVEMENT : The gilded verge fusee movement is signed and numbered (1379). It is in very nice condition, with diamond endstone and pieced balance cock and plate. It is running well.
DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 34.5mm in diameter. It is in almost perfect condition with just one tiny chip at the centre (hidden by the hands) and another at the 6 o’clock catch. These are both very minor and the dial is in unusually fine condition with no repairs. Later gold coloured hands.
INNER CASE : Diameter 40.5mm. The gilding on the inside is complete and with some wear around the edges on the outside and on the pendant. Good high dome, bull’s eye crystal with just a few light surface scratches. The hinge has one sleeve missing though the case still snaps shut nicely
OUTER CASE : Diameter 48.25mm. The hinge and catch are fine and there is no damage, repairs or excessive wear. The gilding is worn to the high points on the repousse work, but there are no holes through the brass.
Thomas Grignion was born in 1713 and died in 1784.