This is a good English sold gold pair cased pocket watch, in fine condition, with a verge escapement fusee movement, in a repousse case. It was made by Robert Markham, in London around 1730.
MOVEMENT : Nice typical early 18th century English verge movement, with worm screw mainspring set up, square pillars and the winged balance cock with a nice wide foot. Beautifully pierced, engraved and gilded. It is signed (Rt. Markham, London) and numbered (7690). It is in good condition and running well.
The watch comes complete with a contemporary gilt stone set key. This has a bloodstone on one side and a clear stone on the other.
DIAL : The gold dial is about 39 mm in diameter. It is in excellent condition with no significant scratches or wear.
INNER CASE : Hallmarks for 22 ct gold, London 1730, maker RH and stamped with the same serial number as the movement. The case is in good condition with hinge and catch fine. The case snaps shut nicely. The high dome crystal is also in good condition. The bow and pendant are later, and hallmarked as 18ct gold. There are a few light bruises on the back of the case but nothing serious, and no cracks or repairs.
OUTER CASE : The wonderful 22ct solid gold repousse pair case is in good condition. Very minor wear to the high points on the back resulting in three tiny holes but no filling or repairs. The hinge and catch are fine with the catch button complete but dented. This case is 51mm in diameter.
Loomes lists Robert Markham in London from 1725.