This is a beautiful gold/shagreen and enamel painted pair cased pocket watch, made by Charles Haley of London in 1783.
MOVEMENT : The gilded verge fusee movement is signed and numbered (1259). It is complete, in very fine condition and is running well.
DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 35.5mm in diameter. It is in reasonable condition with no repairs but some damage around the edge (lower half), a short hairline from the edge at 5 and some surface pitting (again on the lower half). The dial is original and includes the name “haley” fired onto the enamel on the back.
INNER CASE : Diameter 44.25mm. Fully hallmarked for 22ct gold, London, 1783, maker IW. The case is also stamped with the same serial number as the movement. The case is in excellent condition with no repairs or damage. The only wear is to four of the red enamel beads at the bottom of the front bezel and to three at the bottom of the back. The wonderful enamel painting on the back has survived, almost perfectly, with just some light surface scratches.
OUTER CASE : Diameter 51mm. This case is of gilt brass and shagreen. The hinge and catch are fine. The shagreen is totally original and in nice condition with no repairs or restoration. There is some wear on the back with one small piece missing at the edge. On the front bezel there are a few small pieces missing.
Charles Haley worked in Wigmore Street, London and was a member of the Clockmaker’s Company from 1781. He patented a marine chronometer in 1797 and died in 1823.