This is a very early English silver pair cased pocket watch, in good working condition, with a verge escapement fusee movement, made around 1744 by Abraham Benson in London.
MOVEMENT : Gilded movement with beautifully engraved and pierced balance cock. Some wear to the silver regulator disk. The movement is signed, numbered (1096) and is running (stops occasionally but will then run for hours).
DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 33.5 mm in diameter. It is in very good condition with just one small chip at the centre post. Nice unusual brass hands.
INNER CASE : Full hallmarks for London 1744. The hinge is in good condition and the case closes nicely. Nice high dome bull’s eye crystal with no damage. The silver is in excellent condition with no repairs.
OUTER CASE : Matching hallmarks to the inner. The hinge is good and the catch and release button are fine. Like the inner, in very nice condition and no repairs.
Loomes lists Abraham Benson in London in the early 18th century.