Substantial early 19thc. London gold repeater

Stock No. 1878

John Cording
London, 1812
Gold case, 54 mm.
Lever escapement, quarter repeating


A fine and substantial London gold lever watch, with a quarter repeat.

MOVEMENT : A gilt fusee movement with an early lever escapement, balance cock with ruby endstone and engraved mask to the centre. Bi-metallic balance wheel and blued screws.

Quarter repeating with two steel hammers striking two gongs. The repeating function is activated by pushing down the stem. This strikes once for each hour, and twice for each quarter.

The movement is in very good condition, and is running well and repeating correctly. There are a few scratches on the top plate.

DIAL : Very stylish silver dial, with engine turned centre.
A few light scratches but otherwise in good condition.

Serpentine blued steel hands, in good condition.

CASE : The heavy 18ct. gold case has London hallmarks for 1812. The case maker’s mark is indistinct. The gold cuvette is signed :

John Cording
Temple Bar
and serial number 896.

The case is in very good condition throughout. All of the hinges are fine and the bezel and back cover snap closed correctly. There is just one small chip to the crystal on the bezel at 1:30.

This is a substantial case, weighing about 65 gms. without the movement and crystal.

John Cording is listed at The Strand, London from 1819 until 1839. So he may have moved there from nearby Temple Bar, after this watch was made.
A watch with serial no. 432 by John Cording (Temple Bar) is recorded as a pre 1820 silver pocket chronometer.