Stock No. : 0160

John Smith
Coventry, 1790
Silver pair cases
Verge movement


This is a fine English silver pair cased pocket watch, in good working condition, with a verge escapement fusee movement, with calendar mechanism, made in 1790 by John Smith of Coventry.

MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded and very clean movement in exceptionally fine, virtually mint, condition. Beautifully engraved and pierced balance cock with a portrait on the balance cock. . It is running well and the calendar is working. The movement is signed and numbered (315).

DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 38.5 mm in diameter. It is in good condition with just some very light scratches, a small chip at the centre (obscured by the calendar pointer) and another small chip on the edge at 2 o’clock.

INNER CASE : Full hallmarks for Birmingham 1790, maker HH. The hinge is in good condition and the case closes nicely. High dome crystal in good condition. The bow and pendant are fine without the usual repaired join to the case. The silver is in excellent condition with no dents, bad scratches or excessive wear.

OUTER CASE : Matching marks to the inner. Again the hinge is good. The case snaps shut nicely and the release button is fine. The heavy gauge silver is in very good condition with no noticeable scratches and no dents, repairs or damage.

This is a nice late 18th century English watch, in a nice heavy silver pair case and an unusual calendar movement and dial. All in very good original condition.

Loomes lists John Smith in Coventry between 1784 and 1816. The hallmarks for 1790 and 1816 are very similar but the movement, with its worm screw mainspring set up and wide balance cock foot is late 18th century.