London verge in unusual repousse case

Stock No. 1500

Godfrie Poy
London, c1720
Gilt repousse case, 55.5 mm
Verge escapement


A fine English verge with gilt dial, in a very unusual repousse case showing St. George and the Dragon.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, the engraved and pierced winged balance cock with a wide ‘D’ shaped foot and engraved mask. Four Egyptian pillars and large silver regulator disk. Ruby endstone, held within a blued steel cap.

Signed “Godfrie Poy, LONDON”. In very good condition and working. The only fault being that the two blued screws holding the endstone cap do not match, so one is a replacement.

DIAL : Very unusual steel dial, with gilded reserves. In good condition.

Early 18th century steel beetle and poker hands.

CASE : Substantial gilt case, with no maker’s mark. Repousse work to the bezel and back. The back features a wonderful scene of St. George and the Dragon.

In good condition throughout. The hinge, catch button and catch are fine and the case snaps shut. The high dome crystal is perfect.

The movement is wound from the back, so although the unusual dial and case appear to be 18thc., they may not be original to the movement. However neither the dial plate of the movement nor the dial false plate have been modified and the movement fits the case perfectly.

Godfrie Poy is listed in London between 1718 and 1753. He was a fine maker, with examples of his repeating watches in several important collections including the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg.