MOVEMENT : Nicely gilded movement with very ornate pillars, blued screws, and engraved and pierced balance cock. The movement is signed and numbered (55792). It is in very good original condition and is running well.
DIAL : 37.5 mm. The signed white enamel dial, with Turkish numerals, is in very fine condition with no repairs, no hairlines and just some very light surface scratches. Nice early steel beetle and poker hands.
INNER CASE : 43.25 mm. Silver, London hallmark for 1839, maker’s mark JD. Good condition with just a couple of small bruises on the back. The high dome crystal is fine and the case snaps shut nicely.
OUTER CASE : 46 mm. Silver, matching hallmarks to the inner. Very good condition and although the catch button is missing, the case snaps shut nicely.
Edward Prior worked in London during most of the 19th century. Like his father, George, who he succeeded, Prior specialized in watches for the Eastern market and was making verge watches of 18th century style, still popular in this market, well into the 19th century.