Fine early Liverpool verge

Stock No. 1767

Richard Dickenson
Liverpool, c1700
Silver pair cases, 57 mm
Verge escapement


A particularly fine early Liverpool verge, in unusually good condition, by an interesting maker.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, the large winged balance cock with a wide ‘D’ shaped foot, pierced and engraved with scrolls, foliage, two masks and two birds (Liver birds). The quality of the engraving on the balance cock is exceptional. Fine Egyptian pillars and blued screws.

Signed RICHARD DICKINSON and numbered 173. In excellent condition, and running well. The gilding is still bright with very few scratches.

DIAL : Silver champleve dial, with signed (DICKENSON, LEVERPOOL) central disk. In fine condition.

Early 18thc. blued steel beetle and poker hands. Again in fine condition.

INNER CASE : Maker’s mark WL (under a coronet).

In good condition with light compression to the band and a few light bruises. The stem and bow are replacements (mid 18thc.) with reinforcing to the silver on the inside where they were added. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly. The high dome crystal is also fine.

OUTER CASE : Matching maker’s mark to the inner. Large square hinge.

In very good condition with just some very light bruises. The hinge and catch are fine and the bezel closes correctly.

Richard Dickenson was a clockmaker of Garston, and worked in Oldhall Street, Liverpool He died in 1743.

An interesting and documented example of Richard Dickenson’s work is a long duration verge watch with an extra wheel in the train allowing a duration of up to 6 days. So although not commonly known, Dickenson was an innovative maker.

Reference : AHS, Martyn Jones, Spring 1999 and AHS, D.Moore, Autumn 1999.

The case maker is William Lewthwaite (Laithwaite).