This is a large George III silver pair cased pocket watch, in very good working condition, with a verge escapement fusee movement and portrait balance cock, made around 1814 by John Smith in Wrexham.
MOVEMENT : Very clean, gilded movement with beautifully engraved and pierced balance cock. Nice portrait of a gentleman in military uniform engraved on the balance cock. The movement is signed (Jno. Smith, Wrexham) and numbered (285). It is running well.
DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 44.5 mm in diameter. It is in fine condition with just one tiny chip on the edge at 7 and a short hairline between 3 and 4. Otherwise no chips, hairlines or repairs. Brass hands.
INNER CASE : Hallmarks for Birmingham 1814, maker’s mark JM. The hinge is in good condition and the case snaps shut nicely. The high dome bull’s eye crystal has no chips or cracks but some surface scratches. The bow and pendant are fine but with the usual repaired join to the case. This is a nice heavy case, in good condition with just a few scratches on the back but no dents.
OUTER CASE : Diameter 55 mm. Matching hallmarks to the inner. The hinge and catch are fine, though the catch release button is worn. The case closes nicely and the silver is in very good condition.
Loomes lists John Smith in Wrexham from 1793 (died in 1830).