MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock and plate. Signed “D. Schulst”. Wonderful crested pillars. All in good original condition and running well.
DIAL : Fine silver champleve dial in good condition. Signed “David Schultz”. Nice blued steel beetle and poker hands, the minute is an original 18th century hand but the hour hand may be later.
INNER CASE : Silver, no hallmarks, but maker’s mark B. In reasonable condition, though with a few bruises on the back and the stem and bow are later. The hinge is fine and the bezel closes well. High dome bull’s eye crystal in good condition.
OUTER CASE : Silver pair case. Again no hallmarks, but maker’s mark BI. The hinge is fine and the case snaps shut. The catch and catch button are fine. There are a few very small bruises on the back, but in overall excellent condition. The front is fully covered, with some good quality engraving on the cover.
The spelling of the maker’s name differs between the dial and the movement. Variation in spelling was very common at this time, when there were no spelling conventions defined. The dial, which is certainly original, would have been made by a different person to the movement, hence the difference in spelling.
The closed cover on the pair case is a very unusual feature for this period It is difficult to say whether it is original or whether the cover has been added later. The style of engraving is right for the period and the cover is certainly not a recent addition.