MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement with very ornate pillars, engraved and pierced balance cock and Arabic numerals on the regulator disc. The movement is signed (Edw Prior, London) and numbered (75939). It is running well, keeping time to within a couple of minutes per hour. The movement is in exceptionally fine condition with the blued screws and gilding still almost perfect.
DIAL : The white signed enamel dial is about 37.5 mm in diameter. It is in good condition, but with 2 hairlines running from the centre (one towards 11 and one towards 5) and a crack between the signature and the centre. No other damage, wear or repairs.
Old steel beetle and poker hands (not reproductions). The minute hand has been repaired.
SILVER INNER CASE : Hallmarks for London, 1864, maker AT. Unfortunately the hinge is missing both sleeves, though the case still snaps shut nicely. Very high dome crystal with a few scratches but no chips. The bow and pendant are fine and without the usual repaired join to the case. The silver is in perfect condition except for the missing hinge sleeves.
SILVER SECOND CASE : Nice deep case with scalloped edges and matching hallmarks to the inner. The hinge is in good condition but the catch and button are absent. The silver is again in excellent condition.
SILVER/SHELL THIRD CASE : No hallmarks on this case. The hinge is fine but the catch and release button are again absent. On the back, the shell only has a little damage around the hole where the catch button should be. Otherwise the shell is complete and in fine condition. On the front bezel, the shell is complete and again fine.
There are a few pins missing (17 out of more than 100) but overall the case is in very good and original condition with no signs of restoration.
LEATHER FOURTH CASE : This large outer tooled leather case, lined with red and green velvet, is about 75mm in diameter. The hinge, catch and release button are fine and the case closes nicely. The leather is in good condition with no repairs.
Loomes lists Edward Prior in London between 1812 and 1868.