Unusual Large Silver Pair Cased Verge
Price : £5,500.00
Diameter 59 mm Depth 22 mm
A late 17th Century English verge with unusual four wheel train and twenty four hour dial in silver pair cases. Deep full plate fire gilt movement with tulip pillars. Unusual fusee and chain, the lower half cut for the chain allowing only four turns, worm and wheel barrel setup between the plates. The centre wheel rotates once every two hours. Extra wheel added to the train so that the plain steel balance beats at a normal rate. Pierced and engraved winged cock with mask, pierced and engraved foot and plate for silver regulator disc. Unusual white enamel dial marked twice from 1 to 12 in Roman numerals and 15 to 60 in Arabic numerals indicating 24 hours, gold hands. Matching silver pair cases, silver pendant and bow, the inner with apertures for winding and regulation, maker's mark "IW" in a rectangle.
Signed Sam Williamson Torbock
A very unusual watch, the special fusee and train to allow the minute hand to rotate once every two hours. The fine white enamel dial probably a later purpose made replacement