Stock No. : 0418

Edward Prior
London, 1857
Silver & shell triple cases
Verge movement


MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement with very ornate pillars, and engraved and pierced balance cock. The movement is signed and numbered (70400). It is in good condition and is running well.

DIAL : The signed enamel dial, with Turkish numerals, is about 32 mm in diameter. It is in perfect condition except for three light hairlines radiating from the centre. Nice black steel beetle and poker hands (not reproductions).

SILVER INNER CASE : Full London hallmarks for 1857, maker WCS?. The high dome crystal is fine. The silver has one light bruises on the back but overall it is in very good condition. The bow and pendant are fine and are original, without the usual repaired join to the case. Diameter 38.25 mm.

SILVER MIDDLE CASE : Diameter 46.5 mm. and with matching hallmarks to the inner. The silver is virtually perfect except for slight wear to the catch button.

SILVER/SHELL OUTER CASE : Diameter 55 mm. No silver hallmarks. The construction seems to be a brass base with silver rims. Again in good condition with just one small chip to the shell on the bezel and 2 short cracks on the back. There are a some silver pins missing but no repairs. The hinge and catch are fine though again the catch button has worn down.

Edward Prior is listed in London between 1812 and 1868. Prior specialized in watches for the Eastern market and was making verge watches of 18th century style, still popular in this market, right up until the late 19th century. This is a particularly small example.