This is an English, silver and shell, triple cased pocket watch, with Turkish dial. It has an early lever escapement, fusee movement, and was made around 1857 by Levitt in London. A very rare example in such exceptionally fine condition.
MOVEMENT : Gilded movement with very ornate pillars, and engraved and pierced balance cock. Diamond endstone.
The movement is signed in Turkish (or Arabic) and numbered (87656). It is in wonderful, almost mint condition and running well.
DIAL : The white signed enamel dial, with Turkish numerals, is in perfect condition.
Good 19th century (not reproduction) blued steel beetle and poker hands.
SILVER INNER CASE : Full London hallmarks for 1857, maker’s marks TH. Perfect condition throughout. The hinge and very high dome crystal are fine, and the bezel snaps shut nicely.
SILVER SECOND CASE : London hallmarks matching the inner.
The catch and hinge are fine and the case snaps shut nicely. Just a small dent to the catch button, but otherwise perfect.
SILVER/SHELL THIRD CASE : The construction is of a brass base with silver rims.
In excellent condition with good colour and no restoration.
The shell covering is complete and in perfect condition. Nearly all of the silver pins are present, with just 5 from the bezel and 4 from the back missing. The hinge and catch are fine and the case closes nicely. Again, just a dent to the catch button.
Isaac Levitt and Morris Tobias are listed in London between 1851 and 1857.