Late 18thc. London verge watch

Stock No. 1823

M. Batson
London, 1790
Silver pair cases, 51.5 mm
Verge escapement

Price £625

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, blued screws, and large silver regulator disk.

Signed M. Batson, London and numbered 59158.

Running well, and in good condition.

DIAL : An excellent white enamel dial, in almost perfect condition , with just a few tiny marks and scratches.

Good 18thc. steel beetle and poker hands.

INNER CASE : Silver, with hallmarks for London, 1790, maker’s mark NTW (rubbed).

In good condition, except for a sleeve missing from the hinge. Otherwise the hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly. A few light bruises around the band and back. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is also fine. The stem has been reattached to the case.

OUTER CASE : A silver pair case, with hallmarks and maker’s mark matching the inner.

In good condition. The hinge, catch button and catch are complete and the case snaps shut though gapes a little around the neck.

The case maker’s mark is for Nicholas Thomas Wood, of Clerkenwell, London.