Verge Champleve Watch by Mason
Stock No. 1362
Charles Mason, London, c1700
Silver pair cases, 56 mm.
A large, early English verge with original champleve dial, in silver pair cases.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, the engraved and pierced winged balance cock with wide ‘D’ shaped foot.. Four crested tulip pillars and silver regulator disk. Signed “C. Mason, London”. Numbered “206”. In good condition and working.
DIAL : Silver champleve dial, in very good condition. Signed “Mason, London” on the central disc. Good early 18th century steel beetle and poker hands.
INNER CASE : Silver, with no hallmarks.
In reasonable condition, with a few light bruises. The pendant has been reattached and heavily reinforced around the neck. The bow is a replacement. There is a small hole in the back , near the winding aperture, where there would have originally been a small sliding cover to this aperture.
The hinge and the high dome crystal are fine and the bezel closes but does not snap shut.
OUTER CASE : Silver pair case. Again with no hallmarks. The hinge and catch are fine and the case closes correctly. The catch button has been filled with a gemstone (diamond ?). Good condition throughout.
This watch is probably by Charles Mason, recorded in London from 1687, apprenticed to Michael Bird.