LARGE SHAGREEN & SILVER PAIR CASE FRENCH VERGE FUSEE (WITH MOCK PENDULUM) POCKET WATCH. A 18th century Shagreen and Silver pair cased verge fusee pocket watch. The outer Shagreen case with pin-work detail is finely decorated with a large Silver Fleur de lis French Coat of arms, the inner plain polished silver case (housing the movement) has European silver markings including the initials ALI.It has a champleve dial with Arabic numerals, the dial centre section depicts two birds and it has beetle & Poker hands. A very unusual movement with old style square pillars. A filigree cock-foot frame incorporating a Silver Tompion style disc regulator and a F. Rench bridge type silver balance cock. Engraved with an Angel figure.
The cock is open at the bottom to reveal a mock pendulum which swings with the motion of the balance wheel. Below are the words "De Tyd". It has a chain driven fusee and a verge escapement.
The dial is signed Edward Neweren, London, disregarding the place name this pocket watch is most likely to be of French/European origin rather than English home grown. The outer case measures a large 55mm (approx 2) in diameter, the combined weight including movement is 102 grammes. Condition : The outer shagreen case is in very good condition without any splits or cracks, each and every one of the 26 pinwork are all intact.The inner silver case is also in good condition without any dents or dings. The movement is good strong running order, running the full length of the fusee chain without stopping and keeping to good time for a verge movement of this age.
Both case covers open and close correctly with good strong hinges and both case cover latches work correctly. Its imperishable shagreen case and the accurate verge movement is a testament to the skills of its 18th century European makers and irrefutable. Proof of how well it has stood the test of time alongside its English counterparts. The item "C1770's LARGE SHAGREEN & SILVER PAIR CASE VERGE FUSEE POCKET WATCH. PRISTINE" is in sale since Friday, August 21, 2020.
This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Pocket Watches". The seller is "jal247" and is located in England. This item can be shipped worldwide.