Stock No. : 1190

William Howard
London, c1760
Gilt & leather pair cases
Verge movement


MOVEMENT : Gilded verge movement, signed (Wm. Howard, London) and numbered (6532). Pierced and engraved balance cock and plate. The balance cock table has ‘lace’ edging which is typical of London watches from a few years either side of 1760.

Nice clean condition and running well.

DIAL : Wonderful signed gold champleve dial, in excellent condition. Original 18thc steel beetle and poker hands.

INNER CASE : Gilt on brass. Some of the gilding has worn off the outside (especially the stem, bow and band) though still complete on the inside. There is one small dent on the right edge of the back, but otherwise fine. The hinge is fine and the case closes nicely.

The high dome crystal is in good condition.

OUTER CASE : Brass gilt, with leather covering.

The hinge is fine but the catch and catch button are missing (so the bezel does not snap shut).

The leather covering on the bezel has a piece missing at the catch, and a split at the hinge.

The leather on the back is complete but is slightly loose, and has shrunk slightly away from the rim of the case.

Although certainly old, this leather is probably a replacement as the original would have been pinned rather than glued.