17th century mock pendulum London verge

Stock No. 1610

Richard Farmer
London, c1685
Silver pair cases
55 mm
Verge, mock pendulum


A large London verge, with fine and rare mock pendulum movement.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and pierced winged balance cock and plate, silver regulator disk and three tulip pillars (and one round). The balance cock table, beautifully engraved with birds and foliage, is cut out and glazed to reveal a mock pendulum bob, which is attached to the 2 spoke balance wheel.

Signed “Rich. Farmer, London”.

All in good complete condition, with the the gilding still bright, and the movement is running well.
There are some scratches around the pillar tops and small chips to the corders of the glass set into the balance cock.

DIAL : Fine, original, silver champleve dial, signed in the centre “Farmer, London”. All in good condition with no excessive rubbing or wear. Nice original early 18th century blued steel hands, though with some damage to the tip of the minute.

INNER CASE : Silver with rubbed maker’s mark CW.

In reasonable condition with some small dents and scratches. The pendant has been repaired, possibly a replacement. The high dome, bull’s eye crystal is good. The hinge is fine, and the bezel snaps shut securely, though gapes slightly on the left side.

OUTER CASE : Silver, with matching maker’s mark CW to the inner, and case serial number 639.

Again in reasonable condition throughout, with just some small dents and a hole on the bezel at the catch. The hinge, catch button and catch are fine, and the case snaps shut correctly. The maker’s mark and serial number have been heavily stamped to the inside of the back, and these marks show through on the outside of the back.

Richard Farmer is listed in London from 1675 until 1688, and in the Clockmakers’ Company between 1683 and 1688.