MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement with fantastically ornate pillars, jewelled endstone, engraved and pierced balance cock and Arabic numerals on the regulator disc. The movement is signed (Edw Prior, London) and numbered (56843). It is running well, keeping time to within a couple of minutes per hour.
DIAL : The wonderful signed enamel dial is about 37 mm in diameter. It is in virtually perfect condition.
Steel beetle and poker hands, the hour hand is original, the minute hand a replacement
SILVER INNER CASE : Hallmarks for London, 1839. 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 very good condition.
The double strand woven silver chain, with key attached, is about 8 inches long and again is in very nice condition.
SILVER SECOND CASE : Matching hallmarks to the inner. The hinge is in good condition and the case closes nicely. The catch and button are also fine and the silver is in very good condition.
SILVER/SHELL THIRD CASE : No hallmarks on this case. The hinge, catch and release button are fine and the case closes nicely, although the button is worn down. On the back, the case has a few cracks and two very small pieces missing. On the front bezel, there is one larger piece missing, about 3 cm. long.
There are a few pins missing but the case is in original condition with no signs of restoration.
SILVER/SHELL FOURTH CASE : This large outer silver case is about 72mm in diameter. Again no hallmarks on this case. The hinge, catch and release button are fine and the case closes nicely. The silver is in good condition.
Loomes lists Edward Prior in London between 1812 and 1868.