Triple cased verge with Turkish dial

Stock No. 1760

Edward Prior
London, 1831
Silver & shell triple cases, 63 mm.
Verge escapement


This is London silver and shell, triple cased pocket watch, with Turkish dial.

MOVEMENT : Gilded movement with very ornate crested pillars, and engraved and pierced balance cock. |Polished steel balance wheel.

The movement is signed “Edwd. Prior, London” and numbered (49271). It is in good condition with just some scratches around the pillar tops. Running well.

DIAL : The white signed enamel dial, with Turkish numerals, is in very good, with just one very light hairline running from the centre towards 5:30.

Later blued steel beetle hands.

SILVER INNER CASE : Full London hallmarks for 1831, maker’s marks JD.

In good condition throughout, with just a few light bruisesto the band and back. The hinge and high dome crystal are fine, and the bezel snaps shut nicely.

SILVER SECOND CASE : London hallmarks matching the inner.

The suilver os in good condition with just some small dents to the back. The catch and hinge are fine and the case snaps shut nicely. Just some wear to the catch button.

SILVER/SHELL THIRD CASE : The construction is of a brass base with silver rims.
In quite good condition with good colour and no restoration.

The shell covering is almost complete, with just one section (2 cm.) missing from the bezel at 6 and two small sections missing from the edge of the back, at 11 and 4.
A few light scratches and a small chip on the back at 12 but no cracks.
Most of the silver pins are present, with 18 missing from the bezel and also 19 from the back. The hinge and catch are fine and the case closes nicely. Just a very small dent to the catch button.

Edward Prior is listed in London between 1812 and 1868. Like his father, George, who he succeeded, Prior specialized in watches for the Eastern market. He was making verge watches of 18th century style, still popular in this market, into the late 19th century, and this is a very late example.
The case maker is probably Joseph Dewin of Clerkenwell, London.