This is a small, early verge pocket watch, in a gilt brass and shell pair case, with a verge movement. It was made by Joseph Grey, in Durham, around 1750.
MOVEMENT : The gilded verge fusee movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock, and Egyptian pillars, is signed though not numbered. It is in excellent condition and is running well.
DIAL : The white enamel dial is about 35mm in diameter. It is in excellent condition with just a few surface scratches and a light rub to the chapter at 7.
INNER CASE : Diameter 40.7mm. The gilding on the inside is complete and worn through to the brass on much of the outside. Good high dome crystal with no damage.
The hinge and catch are fine and the case snaps shut nicely.
OUTER CASE : Diameter 47.25mm. The hinge and catch are again fine and the case snaps shut. The catch button has worn down. The shell covering has a few chips and splits but no repairs and very few pins missing. A nice original unrestored case.
Joseph Grey is listed as working in Durham between 1695 to 1756.