An early London verge pocket watch, in fine gold repousse pair cases.
MOVEMENT : Gilded verge escapement, with engraved and pierced winged balance cock. Four square baluster pillars, silver regulator disk and blued screws.
Signed (Will. Kipling, LONDON) and numbered (1635).
The movement is in very good original condition, and is running well.
DIAL : Wonderful gold champleve dial, signed Kipling, LONDON.
All in fine condition.
Good earl;y 18th century blued steel beetle and poker hands.
INNER CASE : 22ct gold, with London hallmarks for 1727, maker’s mark TP and movement serial number (1635).
In reasonable condition but with some light bruises and slight compression around the band, and a short split to the band, just to the left of the hinge. Original bow and stem, though the stem has been reattached.
The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely. The high dome crystal is also fine.
OUTER CASE : A wonderful gold repousse pair case, decorated with a scene showing a winged cherub, a woman in the centre playing a lute, and a dog to the right, all under a tree. Animals, a bird and fish around the edge of the back, and fine scroll decoration to the bezel.
In very good condition, with just some light wear to the high points, mainly to the central figure. One short crack on the inside of the bezel at the catch (this is where the gold band was joined to form the bezel).
The catch, catch button and hinge are fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly.
William Kipling is listed in London between 1705 and 1737.
The case maker is probably Thomas Potts of Fleet Street, London.