This is an English silver pair cased pocket watch, in very good condition, with a verge escapement fusee movement, and polychrome dial. It was made by John Darby, in London around 1785.
MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded, signed and numbered (51822) movement in good working condition. Beautifully engraved and pierced balance cock.
DIAL : The gorgeous painted enamel dial is about 38 mm in diameter. It is in good condition with just one small chip right on the edge at about 3 o’clock.
Nice steel 18th century beetle and poker hands (not reproductions).
INNER CASE : Full hallmarks for London, 1785, maker NTW. The hinge is in good condition and the case closes nicely. High dome crystal in good condition. The bow and pendant are fine but with the usual repaired join to the case. The silver is in good condition with no dents, bad scratches or excessive wear.
OUTER CASE : Matching hallmarks to the inner. The hinge and catch are fine and the case closes nicely though the button is absent. The silver is in good condition with just a few light scratches but no dents, repairs or damage.
This is a nice early English watch, with a charming painted hunting scene. The painting, around the edge of the chapter ring, is original.