Early London verge pocket watch

Stock No. 1888

Jasper Harmar
London, c1700
Silver pair cases, 57 mm
Verge escapement


An early London verge in silver pair cases, by a good maker.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with very well engraved and pierced winged balance cock, featuring a mask on the neck and a bird above scrolls at the top. Four fine tulip pillars. Matching black steel screws


In very good condition and running well.

DIAL : Fine silver champleve dial, with signed central disk .

In very good condition throughout, with just a few areas with the black infill missing. Good early 18thc. blued steel beetle and poker hands.

INNER CASE : Silver, with a rubbed maker’s mark.

In reasonable condition, though the bow and stem are later replacements. There is some compression to the silver band, a few small dents and one small crack (5th photo) but otherwise the silver is ok. The hinge is complete and bezel snaps shut correctly. The high dome crystal has one small chip right on the bezel at 10, but is otherwise fine.

OUTER CASE : Silver, again with a rubbed maker’s mark that appears to match the inner. Good early square hinge. Engraving to the back (could be a coat of arms) which includes the date 1727

In very good condition throughout with just a small dent to the catch button and some tiny dents. The hinge and catch are fine and the case closes correctly.

Jasper Harmar is listed in London from 1683 until about 1716. This watch would have been made between about 1690 and 1700.