Pair cased Atherstone verge with name dial

Stock No. 1509

James Parker
Atherstone, Warwickshire, 1813
Silver & nickel pair cases, 55.5 mm
Verge escapement


A good early 19thc verge, with an unusual personalised dial.

MOVEMENT : Gilded verge escapement, with the balance cock nicely engraved with a lion’s head. Further fine engraving to the plate. Silver regulator disk and blued screws. Four round pillars.
The movement is protected by a removable gilt dustcap.

Signed and numbered (316).

The movement is in good condition and is running well.

DIAL : Fine white enamel dial, with owner’s name (ISAAC WORDEL) spelled out instead of numerals and a sun symbol at 12..

In good condition, with just a few light surface scratches. It has possibly been refinished. Matching gilt hands.

INNER CASE : Silver, with hallmarks for Birmingham, 1813, maker’s mark GJ.

Good condition though the stem has been reattached. The hinge has lost a sleeve, but the bezel snaps shut correctly.

The high dome bull’s eye crystal is in good condition, with just a few light scratches.

OUTER CASE : White metal pair case with no maker’s marks.

In good condition, with just a slight dent to the catch button. The hinge and catch are fine and the case snaps shut nicely.

The outer case is a perfect fit to the inner. It contains two old watchpapers from a repairer in Atherstone.

James Parker is listed in Atherstone, around 1800.