Stock No. : 1097

J. Donbray
London, 1766
Silver pair cases
Verge movement


An interesting pair cased verge with the original owner’s name in place of numbers on the dial.

MOVEMENT : Gilded verge fusee movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock. Signed and numbered (16238). All in good original condition, with the gilding still bright. Running well.

DIAL : White enamel, in good condition with just one light hairline across the bottom from 8 towards 5. The name of the owner ‘JOHN MACKLAND’ is used in place on numbers on the chapter ring. Later brass hands.

INNER CASE : Silver, hallmarked for London, 1766. Maker’s mark WS. The stem has been reattached. The hinge has one sleeve missing, but the bezel still snaps shut nicely. Otherwise fine. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is in good condition.

OUTER CASE : Silver, with matching hallmarks to the inner. Good condition throughout with just 2 small holes at the catch button where the rivot holding the catch spring has been replaced. The hinge and catch are fine and the case closes correctly.

The outer case contains an old watchpaper from Billingboro (Lincolnshire) with the same family name ‘Mackland, Folkingham’ on the back. Folkingham is a village near Billingboro.