MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement with very ornate pillars, blued screws, and engraved and pierced balance cock. The movement is signed and numbered (62706). It is in good original condition and is running well.
DIAL : The signed enamel dial, with Turkish numerals, is about 38 mm in diameter. It is in good condition with no chips or repairs but six light hairlines running from the centre. Nice gold coloured beetle and poker hands.
SILVER INNER CASE : Full London hallmarks for 1847, maker JBWW. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is fine and the silver is in very good condition with just one very light bruise on the back. Hinge and catch fine. The bow and pendant are fine and appear to be original, without the usual repaired join to the case. Diameter 44 mm.
SILVER OUTER CASE : Very unusual domed case. Diameter 52 mm. with London hallmarks for 1861. The silver is in reasonable condition though the catch is broken and the button is absent.
Loomes lists Edward Prior in London between 1812 and 1868. Like his father, George, who he succeeded, Prior specialized in watches for the Eastern market and was making verge watches of 18th century style, still popular in this market, well into the 19th century.