Silver Pocket Watch by William Allam
Stock No. 1353
William Allam, London, 1768
Silver gilt pair cases, 49 mm.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock. Blued screws, four square pillars and silvered regulator disk. Fully signed and numbered (1234). The movement is in excellent condition throughout and running well.
DIAL : Excellent white enamel dial, in very good condition with just one surface scratch between 12 and 2. Fine original 18th century steel beetle and poker hands.
INNER CASE : Silver gilt, hallmarked for London, 1768 maker’s mark PM.
Good condition though the gilt has worn through to the silver in places and the bow and stem have been reattached.
The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is fine.
OUTER CASE : Silver, matching hallmarks to the inner.
The hinge and catch are fine, and the bezel snaps shut. The catch button has been dented but is still functional.
Otherwise the silver is in good condition, though the gilding has worn back to the silver except on the inside of the bezel and rim, where the gilding is still bright.
William Allam is listed in Bond Street, London, and in the Clockmakers Company between 1743 and 1785.