This is a London verge, in a wonderful silver and underpainted horn triple case, and very unusual silver champleve ‘Ottoman’ dial.
MOVEMENT : Gilded movement with square pillars, and engraved and pierced balance cock. Yellow coloured endstone jewel. The movement is signed (Joseph Rose & Son, Foster Lane, London) and numbered (7939). It is in good original condition though with a few scratches on the top plate, especially around the pillar. Running well.
DIAL : The signed champleve dial is in fine condition. Nice gold beetle and poker hands (not reproductions).
SILVER INNER CASE : Full London hallmarks for 1778, maker’s marks RP (rubbed). The case and high dome crystal are also in fine condition.
SILVER SECOND CASE : Full London hallmarks matching the inner. Again in fine condition. The catch and button are complete and the case snaps shut nicely.
SILVER/HORN THIRD CASE : Beautifully underpainted horn on a brass base with silver rims, hinge and pins. In good condition with just one section of shell missing from the back, which has been filled (see photo). There are a few short cracks on the back but the bezel is perfect. Just 2 tiny pins missing on the back. The hinge and catch are fine and the case closes nicely.
Joseph Rose & Son are listed in Foster Lane, London between 1765 and 1784.