Stock No. : 0339

James Collinson
London, c1780
Gilt/shell pair cases
Verge movement


This is a fine English gilt and shell pair cased pocket watch, in good working condition, with a verge escapement fusee movement, made in London by James Collinson around 1780.

MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement in good condition. Beautifully engraved and pierced balance cock. It is running well, to within about a minute per hour. The movement is signed and numbered (3418).

DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 35.5 mm in diameter. It is in very good condition except for 2 hairlines between 12 and 4 and between 10 and 6 (very feint).
No chips or repairs.

Nice original steel beetle and poker hands, with just minor damage to the right side of the hour hand.

INNER CASE : Gilded brass case. The hinge is in good condition and the case closes nicely. High dome crystal in good condition and the bow and pendant are fine without the usual repair to the case. Some wear to the gilding on the outside but no dents, damage or repairs.

OUTER CASE : Gilt brass and shell case in nice condition. The shell is a beautiful colour with green and red on a black background. The hinge and catch are fine and the case snaps shut nicely (button a little worn down). The shell on the bezel is nearly complete except for one chip near the pendant and a section missing about 8mm long near the button. The shell on the back has a longer crack running across the case near the hinge.

Loomes lists James Collinson in London in the second half of the 18th century.