A mid 18th century London verge with “lace”edge balance cock, in silver pair cases.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock. Four square pillars. Signed “Wm. Hendon, LONDON”. Numbered “1231”. In good condition and working.
DIAL : White enamel dial, in good condition with just some small chips around the opening catch at 6. Fancy gilt hands.
INNER CASE : Silver, with London hallmarks for 1754, and with maker’s mark HT.
In very good condition, with just some scratches around the winding aperture. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly.
OUTER CASE : Silver pair case, with no hallmarks but a perfect fit for the inner so no reason to believe that it is not original.
All in very good condition, except for the steel catch which has broken, so that the bezel does not snap shut.
The “lace” edge to the balance cock was a popular form of decoration for London makers, but only used for a short period between about 1750 and 1765.