Gold verge, in fine condition throughout, in an exceptional repousse case.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and nicely pierced ‘lace edge’ balance bridge, and silver regulator disk. Signed ‘Jno. Markham, London’ and numbered (28503). Four wonderfully ornate pillars.
All in particularly fine, almost mint, original condition and running well.
DIAL : Nice white enamel in perfect condition. Matching fancy gilt hands.
INNER CASE : 22ct. gold, with rubbed marks for London, 1771, maker IW.. There is a little compression around the band, and some very small bruises to band and bezel, but these are very minor. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely. Good high dome, bull’s eye, crystal.
OUTER CASE : A wonderful 22ct. gold pair case, with beautiful high relief repousse work showing a classical scene (possibly Europa and the bull ?). The case is constructed of pierced chased gold, backed by a gold foil sheet which is engraved with the background. This sheet is soldered to the inside of the back.
This case is in exceptional condition, with no wear, even to the high points of the repousse. The hinge, catch and catch button are fine and the bezel snaps shut perfectly.
The gold cases weigh 45 gms (excluding movement and crystal).
John Markham is listed in London from 1769.