MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement in fine condition. Beautifully engraved and unusually shaped rectangular balance cock. Signed and numbered (238). It is running well.
DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 46.5 mm in diameter. It is in perfect condition.
Unusual matching gold coloured hands.
INNER CASE : Full hallmarks for London 1814, maker’s mark WL with a stag. The hinge is in good condition and the case closes nicely. High dome bull’s eye crystal in good condition with just a few scratches but no chips. The bow and pendant are fine without the usual repaired join to the case. The silver is in excellent condition with no significant dents, bad scratches or excessive wear.
OUTER CASE : Matching marks to the inner. Again the hinge is good and the catch and button are fine. The case snaps shut nicely. The silver is in excellent condition with no damage.
This is a nice early 19th century English watch, in exceptionally fine original condition.
Loomes lists John Steber, born in Germany in 1779 and working in Dover from 1806 until his death in 1819.