Tortoiseshell pair cased verge, by John Robinson, Westminster

Stock No. 1451

John Robinson
Westminster, London, c1740
Gilt & tortoiseshell pair cases, 48.5 mm
Verge escapement


MOVEMENT : Gilded verge escapement, with beautifully engraved and pierced balance cock showing a mask at the neck. Four square pillars.

Signed (Jn. Robinson, WESTMINSTER, London) ands numbered (487).

The movement is in good condition and is running well.

DIAL : Original white enamel dial.
No repairs, but a hairline running across the centre from 2 to 8, some surface scratches and a small chip at the opening catch at 6.

Unmatched gilt hands.

INNER CASE : Gilt brass, with no maker’s mark.

In good condition, but with much of the gilding worn away. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is in good condition.

OUTER CASE : Gilt brass & tortoiseshell pair case.

The shell covering is in reasonable condition, with just one section missing from the bezel at the hinge, and a smaller sections missing, also aty the hinge, on the edge of the back. Some short cracks to the shell, and light scratches but a good colour.

A few pins missing, but generally the case is in good unrestored condition.
The hinge has an old repair, with one sleeve replaced. The catch is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly.

John Robinson is listed in Westminster from 1730 until 1755.

NB. If you are outside the E.U. you must have a CITES certificate in order to import this item, which contains tortoiseshell. We can obtain this on your behalf at a cost of £50 (allow up to 14 working days).
Due to the strict exporting rules of CITES listed materials, there may also be further shipping costs.