Pair cased verge with silver balance cock

Stock No. 1549

England, c1740
Silver pair cases, 51 mm
Verge escapement


A fine, unsigned English verge, with silver work to the top plate, within later silver pair cases and later dial.

MOVEMENT : Gilded movement with silver balance cock and plates. The large balance cock is beautifully engraved and pierced with a mask to the neck. Serpent pointer to the blued steel regulator disk and blued screws. Four square pillars.
Verge escapement.

The movement is in very good condition and is running well.

DIAL : Later white enamel dial, in reasonable condition, with just a few light surface scratches, a small chip at the centre aperture and a few tiny chips around the edge.

Good matching gold coloured hands.

INNER CASE : Silver, with hallmarks for London, 1791, maker’s mark NTW.

Good condition throughout, with just a few very light bruises and a small hole where the stem has been reattached. Both bow and stem are probably later. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly.

The high dome bull’s eye crystal is in good condition with no chips, though some surface scratches.

OUTER CASE : Silver pair case with silver and maker’s marks matching the inner.

In very good condition. The hinge and catch are fine and the case snaps shut, though the catch button has worn down a little.

It is unusual to find an English watch of this period which is unsigned. The movement is of excellent quality and almost certainly made in London, in around 1740.

The case maker is Nicholas Thomas Wood, of Clerkenwell, London .