This is a large, good quality, late 18th century verge, in fine silver gilt and horn pair cases.
MOVEMENT : Gilded verge escapement, with very finely engraved and pierced balance cock and engraved plates. Four round pillars, silver regulator disk and blued screws.
Signed (J. Wilmhurst, Burwash) and numbered (952).
The movement is in very good original condition, and is running well.
DIAL : Fine white enamel dial in very good condition, with just a few light scratches and some tiny chips around the edge. Gilt hands.
INNER CASE : Gilded silver, hallmarked for London, 1796. Nicely engraved with a monogram on the back.
In good condition. The gilding has worn off most of the surfaces, revealing the silver of the case and the brass of the bow.
The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is fine.
OUTER CASE : Gilt metal base, with a horn covering. The horn is underpainted to resemble tortoiseshell.
In good condition with just a few cracks to the covering, but none missing. Probably restored. The hinge and catch are fine and the bezel snaps shut firmly, though the catch button has worn down.
J. Wilmhurst is recorded in Burwash (Sussex) in 1796. He may be James Wilmhurst who in 1814 is recorded in Brighton.