MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and pierced balance bridge and plate. Blued screws and silver regulator disk. Signed ‘Tarts, London’ and numbered (8526). Good original condition though showing a repair to the fusee click. Running well.
DIAL : 38.25 mm. Silver champleve with calendar aperture, in very good condition. Nice early brass hands. The calendar wheel, under the dial ,is present but the drive wheel for the calendar is missing, so the calendar is not functioning.
INNER CASE : 43.5 mm, silver, hallmarks for London, 1776, rubbed maker’s mark. The hinge is fine and the case closes nicely. The high dome crystal is fine. The silver case is in excellent condition.
OUTER CASE : 52.35 mm, silver, repousse. The hinge and catch are fine and the case snaps shut nicely. A little wear to the catch button. Overall good condition with just some wear to the high points of the repousse work, resulting in a few pin holes, but still good definition on the repousse figures.
Tarts is a name commonly used to sign watches made on the Continent during the mid 18th century. These are usually marked ‘London’ but were probably made in Holland or Switzerland. The English silver hallmarks on the inner case could be spurious.