This is an excellent English silver repousse pair cased pocket watch, with a verge escapement fusee movement, and calendar aperture within the dial. It was made in London around 1765 by John Markham.
MOVEMENT : Signed (Jn. Markham, London) and numbered (15380), with engraved and pieced double footed balance cock. The “lace” edging to the balance cock is typical of the 1760s. Nice square pillars and worm screw mainspring set up. It is running well and the calendar mechanism is complete and working.
DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 35.5 mm in diameter. It is in very good condition but a few light surface scratches and a small chip at the catch at 6 o’clock.
The date aperture shows the date numerals on the underdial calendar wheel.
INNER CASE : Full hallmarks for London, 1765, with the movement serial number stamped on the case (15380). The hinge is in good condition and the case snaps shut nicely. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is in good condition. The bow and pendant are fine but with the usual repaired join to the case. The silver is in good condition with just light bruises on the back and the repair on the inside where the pendant has been reattached.
OUTER CASE : A very fine silver repousse case, with good hinge, catch and release button. No holes and just some light wear to the high points on the back. No dents or scratches. A beautiful case. It is 51mm in diameter.
Loomes list John Markham in London in 1769.