Stock No. : 1077

Smith & Son
London, c1780
Gilt & horn pair cases
Verge movement


A good quality late 18th century verge, with a nicely decorated ‘seaweed’ underpainted gilt and horn case.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock, four round pillars and blued screws. Signed and numbered (4182). All in good condition and running well.

DIAL : Fine white enamel dial, in perfect condition. Beautiful matching gold hands.

INNER CASE : Gilded brass, signed ‘WR’. In very good condition, though the gilding has worn from much of the outer surface. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is fine.

OUTER CASE : A fine gilt and underpainted horn case. Both the bezel and back are painted with a seaweed pattern. The hinge, catch and catch button are all fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly. The horn is in very good condition, with no restoration, a few short cracks and just a very small piece missing from the bezel, near the catch. The pinwork is beautifully done, using a large number of close pins, rather than the usual smaller number of larger pins. There are very few pins missing.

The outer case contains an interesting old watchpaper with an engraving of the Marquis of Granby.