An excellent early 18th century London verge, in repousse gold cases, with gold champleve dial, calendar window and silver balance cock. This is an exceptionally early watch to include a calender dial display.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with finely engraved and pierced silver winged balance cock. Four crested Egyptian pillars, and silver regulator disk. Signed (C. Charlson, London) and numbered (10065).
All in good condition and running well, though the small bracket holding the stopwork lever is not pierced or gilded so is probably a replacement.
Calendar functioning correctly.
DIAL : Wonderful gold champleve dial, signed, with calendar window showing silvered calendar wheel. All in fine condition. Good 18th century blued steel beetle and poker hands.
INNER CASE : 22ct gold, with London hallmarks for 1737, maker’s mark EC. In quite good condition but with some light bruises and slight compression around the band. The top of the stem has worn at the bow, though still strong.The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely. The high dome crystal is also fine.
OUTER CASE : 22ct. gold repousse pair case, decorated with a classical scene. In good condition, with just some wear to the high points and two tiny pin holes. The catch, catch button and hinge are fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly.
The case maker (EC) is possibly Edward Chandler . He was apprenticed to John Wightman of the Clockmakers Company in 1717 and was free in 1724.
Chandler entered a mark at Goldsmiths’ Hall in 1725 as a case maker from Turnagain Lane, Snow Hill, London and was a freeman until 1737. He died in 1741.
A letter of sale for this watch, dated 1934, is included. From an Oxford antiquary, to the buyer, this document includes an interesting hand written description of the watch.