This is a gorgeous English pair cased pocket watch, with a silver/gilt inner case and beautiful green shark or ray skin (shagreen) outer pair case. It has a verge escapement fusee movement and was made around 1769 by Robert Gray in London.
MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement, beautifully engraved and pieced balance cock with shell and foliage design. The movement is signed (Robt. Gray, London) and numbered (1749). The movement is in good condition and is running well (currently to within a minute an hour).
DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 35.5 mm in diameter and in perfect condition except for two short hairlines on the edge at 6 o’clock.
Nice 18th century steel beetle and poker hands (not reproductions).
NNER CASE : Very fine condition with the gilding intact and no silver showing through. Hallmarked for London, 1769, maker’s mark RP. The bow and pendant are fine and appear to be original. The hinge is also fine and the case snaps shut nicely. Good high dome bull’s eye crystal.
OUTER CASE : Gorgeous outer case of gilt brass and green shagreen. The shagreen is in original unrestored condition and is excellent, with just a few small pieces missing around the rims and a couple of small areas on the back near the pendant. The olive green colour is still rich. The hinge is fine and the catch and release button are working though there is wear to the button. The case closes nicely.