A London verge, very unusually by a woman maker, in a beautifully underpainted horn pair case, featuring a “sailor’s farewell” scene.
MOVEMENT : Gilded verge movement, signed and dated (AD 1801) with pierced and finely engraved balance cock. Four round pillars, blued screws and silver regulator disk. Clean, in excellent condition and running well.
DIAL : White enamel, in good condition except for repaired damage on the edge at 8. Brass hands. The dial plate has an addition set of holes (3) so this is probably a replacement dial (though of the correct period).
INNER CASE : Gilt/brass in very good condition, with no damage or repairs, and only some wear to the gilding on the band, bow and stem. Stamped with maker’s mark (TG). The hinge is fine and the case snaps shut. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is in good condition.
OUTER CASE : Gilt/brass with underpainted horn covering. The colours are still bright, with gilding, and the scene is beautifully painted.
The horn is in good condition with no restoration. There is small piece missing from the edge of the back at 6, and a small chip to the bezel at 10. Otherwise just a few short cracks. Just one pin missing from the bezel and 5 from the back. The hinge and catch are fine and the case snaps shut.
The case is in good condition, with just a little wear to the gilding on the brass.