Stock No. : 0916

Charles Leydon
London, c1770
Silver pair cases
Verge movement

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Wonderful “Adam, Eve and the Serpent” biblical painted dial.

MOVEMENT : Signed and numbered (148) gilt brass verge movement, with four square pillars, engraved balance bridge and plate, and silver regulator disc. Complete and running.

DIAL : 38 mm. White enamel dial, painted with “Adam & Eve” biblical scene. There are a number of hairlines, scratches and small chips, mostly around the edge, and a repair on the edge at 5, but the painted centre has survived in fine condition. Fancy gilt hands.

INNER CASE : 43.5 mm. Silver, hallmarked for London, maker RP but year mark rubbed. Good condition. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut. The high dome crystal is fine.

OUTER CASE : 51.50 mm. Silver repousse. Reasonable condition with wear to the high points of the repousse work, resulting in a few small holes. The hinge and catch are fine and the case snaps shut nicely.

Many of these painted dials from this period are later additions (some very recent), but based on the style of the painting, the subject and the surface, I believe this dial to be original.

Both cases have tiny continental silver marks (probably French or Swiss) so this watch was probably made on the continent around 1770. It was very common to add fictitious London makers to these movements, and spurious English hallmarks.