London Verge Pocket Watch

Stock No. 1911

William Broad
London, 1811
Silver pair cases, 56.5 mm
Verge escapement


An early 19th century verge escapement watch, in silver pair cases.

MOVEMENT : Gilt fusee movement, with verge escapement, engraved and pierced balance cock with military insignia, diamond endstone, four round pillars, and silver regulator disk.

Signed Wm. Broad, LONDON and numbered 895.

Running well and in reasonable condition, though there are scratches to the top plate, especially at the Bosley type regulator markers.

DIAL : A cream enamel dial.

In reasonable condition, but with a chip to the centre and a couple of tiny cracks right on the edge at 11 and 2. Although a good fit to the movement and case, this is a replacement dial.

Gilt hands.

INNER CASE : Silver, with hallmarks for London, 1811, maker’s mark IN.

All in very good condition. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly. The high dome crystal is good. The bow and stem are original.

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

Again, the silver is in very good condition, with just a few light scratches to the centre of the back. The hinge, catch and catch button are all fine and the case snaps shut (though gapes a little).

William Broad is listed at Clerkenwell and later at Leadenhall Street, London from 1792 until 1820.