- Museum number
SILVER AND TORTOISE-SHELL PAIR CASED VERGE WATCH.
Circular gilt-brass plates with four pierced Egyptian pillars. Riveted potence and riveted counter-potence. Engraved decoration around the verge aperture.
MAINSPRING & SET-UP:
Gilt-brass barrel with snap-in cap and riveted steel hook. Tangent-screw set-up on the potence-plate, the silver index disc engraved 1-8, the index now missing.
FUSEE & STOP-WORK:
Gilt-brass fusee for chain (now missing) and English stop-work.
Three wheel going-train, the second and contrate wheels with three crossings.
ESCAPEMENT & BALANCE:
Verge escapement, the crown wheel replaced. Steel 2-arm balance. Screwed-on balance cock, pierced and engraved with foliate scrolls.
DIAL & HAND:
Silver champlevé dial pinned directly to the pillar-plate. Roman hours I-XII on raised rectangular plaques arranged dancetté and lozenge shaped half-hour marks surrounding a quarter circle. Single blued-steel hand.
Plain silver inner case with hinged bezel, split and glazed. The rotating cover for the rear winding hole now missing. Silver pendant with loose ring.
Outer tortoise-shell covered brass case with silver rims and hinge. Silver piqué decoration around the band. The back has a central roundel with a landscape showing buildings and a tree, the design engraved and inlaid with silver wire. The front bezel rim is now missing.
- Production date
Diameter: 47.40 millimetres (inner case)
Diameter: 54.10 millimetres (outer case)
- Curator's comments
- The outer case is unlikely to be original. Stylistically it dates from about 1700 and it is a poor fit.
- Not on display
- Latest: 4 (2017) some inactive rust, some verdigris 4 (1993) Rusting on stop iron and fusee.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.2337 (Ilbert Collection)
Previous owner/ex-collection number: Q131 (Ilbert Ledger)