Particularly nicely underpainted horn outer case.
MOVEMENT : Gilded verge movement, signed and numbered (25) with pierced and engraved balance cock. Excellent, clean condition, original and running well.
DIAL : 36.5 mm. White enamel, in reasonable condition, with one hairline running down the left hand side, some very light hairlines around the bottom of the chapter ring, and repairs on the edge at 4 and 6. Beautiful matching gold hands.
INNER CASE : 42 mm. Silver gilt, with London hallmarks for 1766, maker GH?. Some scratches to the gilding on the inside and wear to the gilding on the outside, The pendant (which has been reattached) and bow are gilt brass. No dents or damage. The hinge is fine and the case snaps shut. High dome bull’s eye crystal in good condition.
OUTER CASE : 50.25 mm. Gilt/brass with underpainted shell or horn covering. Good colour and in very good original condition except for a 1 inch section of the bezel where the horn is missing, Very fine pin work with only 2 missing (in addition to the bezel section). The hinge and catch are fine (button worn) and the case closes nicely.
The outer case includes a beautifully made old lace liner, embroidered with the initials S and G, separated by a heart and a date 18??.
A Samuel Bishop is recorded in London in 1769, and a member of the Clockmakers’ Company from 1781.