MOVEMENT : Gilded verge movement, signed and numbered (64) with pierced and engraved balance cock. Four square pillars Clean, good condition and running well.
Just a little damage to the ornate gilt bracket which hold the lever which stops overwinding.
DIAL : White enamel, in good condition, but with some surface scratches and repairs around the edge, mainly between 5 and 10. Nice original 18th century steel beetle and poker hands.
INNER CASE : Gilt/brass in good condition, with no damage but wear to the gilding. The stem has been reattached. The hinge is fine and the case snaps shut. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is in excellent condition.
OUTER CASE : Gilt/ with a green leather covering. Good colour to the shell.
Very nice condition with no pins missing and the green leather is complete.
The hinge and catch are fine and the case snaps shut. The catch button shows wear.
The watch is held on a four strand copper chain, with key and 2 small gilt seals, one of which is an intaglio, showing a lion cut into a blue stone.
John Ireland is listed at Maiden Lane (Covent Garden, London) between 1772 and 1780.