Early 19thc. Lichfield verge pocket watch

Stock No. 1857

Henry Bannister
Lichfield, 1807
Silver pair cases, 57.5 mm
Verge escapement


An early 19th century Lichfield verge watch, in silver pair cases, with a fine, cream regulator style “doctor’s” dial and stop lever. Excellent condition

MOVEMENT : Gilt fusee movement, with verge escapement, engraved and pierced balance cock, profusely engraved plate and four round pillars. Large silver regulator disk.

Signed “Hen y. Bannister” and numbered (3311).

A steel lever under the dial at 4 allows the movement to be stopped and restarted.

Running well, and in very good condition.

DIAL : An interesting and original regulator style cream enamel dial, with overlapping chapter rings. In perfect condition.

Blued steel hands.

INNER CASE : Silver, with hallmarks for Birmingham, 1807, maker’s mark WH.

In very good condition, although the bow is slightly misshapen and is probably a replacement.
Just one small bruise on the back.

The hinge is complete and the bezel snaps shut correctly.
The high dome bull’s eye crystal is good, with just some light scratches.

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

In good condition. The hinge and catch are complete and the case snaps shut though the catch button is a little small so could be a replacement.

Henry Bannister is recorded as working in Lichfield, Staffordshire from about 1760 until 1801.

The case maker is probably William Howard of Coventry.