Stock No. : 1219

James Smith
London, c1720
Silver pair cases, 55.8 mm.
Verge movement


MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with a very unusual skeletonised balance cock Signed ‘James Smith, London, and numbered (589). In good condition (just one piece of the ornamental stopwork bracket missing), and running.

There are 2 unused screw holes on either side of the balance cock table, so this may have originally had a glass cover fixed by 2 screws.

DIAL : Silver champleve dial, with signed (Smith, London) central disk, showing a mask and shell. In good condition, though with a little wear to the signature within the central disk. Fancy gilt hands.

INNER CASE : Maker’s mark rubbed. In quite good condition, though the pendant and stem are later replacements and there is a small hole near the stem where it has been attached. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly. The high dome crystal is fine.

OUTER CASE : The hinge and catch are fine and the case closes correctly, though there are bruises to the bezel and back, resulting in a couple of short splits on the back (one in the centre and the other near the catch).