London verge pocket watch – C1700

Jaspar Harmar
Place of Origin: London
Period: c1700
Silver pair cases, 57 mm
Verge escapement
Condition: Good

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This lovely early London verge watch in silver pair cases is a true gem. It was crafted by a reputable maker and bears the signature of JAS. HARMAR from London.

The gilt verge movement of this watch is beautifully engraved and pierced, showcasing a winged balance cock with intricate details. The balance cock features a mask on the neck and a bird perched above intricate scrolls at the top. The movement also boasts four fine tulip pillars and matching black steel screws. It is in excellent condition and runs well.

The dial of this watch is a fine example of silver champleve work. It features a centrally signed disk and is overall in very good condition. However, there are a few areas where the black infill is missing. The dial is complemented by early 18th-century blued steel beetle and poker hands.

The inner case of this watch is made of silver and bears a rubbed maker's mark. Despite some wear and tear, including a replaced bow and stem, the case is in reasonable condition. There is some compression to the silver band, a few small dents, and one small crack. However, the hinge is complete and the bezel snaps shut correctly. The high dome crystal has a small chip on the bezel at 10, but is otherwise in good condition.

The outer case of this watch is also made of silver and features a rubbed maker's mark that matches the inner case. The back of the case displays engraving, perhaps a coat of arms, including the date 1727. The outer case is in very good condition with only a small dent on the catch button and some tiny dents. The hinge and catch are functioning properly and the case closes correctly.

Jasper Harmar, the maker of this watch, is listed in London from 1683 to about 1716. This particular watch would have been made between approximately 1690 and 1700.

Jaspar Harmar
Place of Origin: London
Period: c1700
Silver pair cases, 57 mm
Verge escapement
Condition: Good

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