Late 18th century London verge, Thomas Cape

Stock No. 1650

Thomas Cape
London, 1790
Silver pair cases, 53 mm
Verge escapement


A late 18th century London verge watch, in silver pair cases.

MOVEMENT : Gilt fusee movement, with verge escapement, engraved and pierced balance cock, four round baluster pillars, and silver regulator disk. Blues screws.

Running, though a little fast (gaining 4 minutes per hour) but otherwise in very good condition.

Signed “Thos. Cape, London” and numbered (894).

DIAL : A white enamel dial, in excellent condition. Gilt brass hands.

INNER CASE : Silver, with hallmarks for London, 1790 and maker’s mark IT.

In good condition. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly. The high dome crystal is fine. The bow is not silver, so probably a replacement. The stem has been reattached.

OUTER CASE : Silver pair case with hallmarks matching the inner.

In good condition. The hinge, catch and button are complete and the case snaps shut. Wear to the catch button. Worn engraved initials to the back.

The case maker is probably John Taylor of Old Street, London.