A rare, mid 18th century verge from the Channel Islands.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with nicely engraved and pierced balance cock, engraved silver plate, blued screws, four round pillars, jewelled endstone and silver regulator disk. Signed (J.P. Du Port, Guernsey) and numbered (1379). Good condition, and running well.
DIAL : White enamel dial in average condition, with damage around the edge between 5 and 7 and between 11 and 12. This is a replacement dial (though of the correct period) , and has been glued to the dial false plate.
INNER CASE : Silver, with London hallmarks for 1783, maker AM. Also stamped JAMISON. In generally good condition though the stem is a brass replacement (clumsily attached). The hinge is missing the central sleeve, though the case does close, just leaving a small gap. The high dome, bull’s eye crystal is also fine.
The back of the case is nicely engraved with a former owner’s initials PLP.
OUTER CASE : Silver pair case with hallmarks matching the inner. In reasonable condition, with damage to the bottom front of the bezel, and the catch button is a replacement. The catch itself and hinge are ok and the bezel snaps shut.
Although this watch is signed J. P. De Port, the maker is probably that shown in Loomes as J. Dupont, who is listed in Guernsey around 1785.