A fine late 17th century London verge, in exceptional condition throughout.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with a large and finely engraved and pierced winged balance cock, showing a pair of dolphins on the neck. Signed ‘Edrd. Enys, London’. Four crested tulip pillars and ribbed steel balance wheel.
In excellent condition, and running well.
DIAL : A fine silver champleve dial, with signed central disk (E:ENYS, LONDON). Good early blued steel hands, possibly original.
Again in excellent condition.
INNER CASE : Silver, with clear makers mark IW. The hinge is fine and the bezel shuts perfectly with no gap. The stem and bow appear to be original. The high dome crystal is also fine.
All in almost mint condition.
OUTER CASE : Silver, with seven sleeve hinge. The inside (case and bezel) is lined with silk over a fitted fabric base which appears to be original. This liner has not been removed from the case so any maker’s marks are hidden, but there is no doubt that the outer case is original to the watch.
The back of the case is decorated with a beautifully engraved monogram.
Again all in wonderful condition with just some very small light bruises.
Edward Enys worked at Ye Red Lion in Fetter Lane, London. He is listed in the Clockmakers’ Company from 1659 until 1705. His son, also Edward, is listed between 1684 and 1705.
The style of the balance cock foot on this watch indicates that it was probably made in about 1690, so could have been by either father or son.
The case maker is possibly William Jaques, who was a freemen of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1681.
The condition of the watch is exceptional, very rarely seen in watches of this period.