This is a nice quality late 18th century London repeating verge, in fine engraved and pierced silver pair cases. The movement is dirty, with some rust and the repeating mechanism also needs some repair.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with beautifully engraved and pierced balance cock, silver regulator disk, blued screws and diamond endstone. Signed ‘Benj. Taylor, LONDON’ and numbered (2086). Four round pillars. Protected by a removable silver dustcap, signed and numbered as the movement.
The watch movement is in good original condition and running well, but the chain which drives the repeating movement has broken so needs to be repaired or replaced. I believe that the rest of the repeating mechanism is complete but please check the photo.
The steel parts on both the watch movement and repeating movement are tarnished (lightly rusted), so the movement needs to be total stripped down and cleaned during repair.
DIAL : Signed, white enamel with no repairs, but chips around the centre, on the edge at 9. and some very light hairlines. The maker’s name (Benj. Taylor) is fired into the enamel on the baqck of the dial (see photo). Blued steel ‘Breguet’ type hands.
INNER CASE : Silver with London hallmarks under the bell (1789, maker TC). Beautifully pierced and engraved throughout. A couple of light bruises around the band but generally in very good condition with no repairs. The hinge, bow, bell and high dome crystal are all in fine condition and the case snaps shut correctly.
OUTER CASE : A silver pair case, with hallmarks matching the inner. Again beautifully pierced and engraved. In excellent condition throughout.
Benjamin Taylor is listed in the Clockmakers’ Company from 1773 and died in 1800.