Rare Dead Beat Verge Coachwatch


Signed  Wregg London 1671
Circa   1825
A large rare early 19th Century English dead beat verge
Diameter   77 mm       Depth   24 mm

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A large rare early 19th Century English dead beat verge of four day duration in a silver open face case together with a matching stagecoach watch case.  Large full plate gilt keywind movement, large fusee and barrel allowing the watch to run for four days.  Engraved cock with diamond endstone, blue steel Bosley regulator, plain three arm steel balance with blue steel spiral hairspring. Rare form of dead beat verge escapement with little recoil. The escape wheel with long slender teeth and verge staff made from two steel cylinders with a flat cut into them joined by a turned brass staff.  The tip of the escape wheel fall on the surface of the cylinder where it rests until it falls onto the flat and so gives impulse to the balance.  Engine turned silver dial of unusually heavy gauge (approx. 1.5 mm thick) hallmarked Birmingham 1840.  Decoratively engraved centre, applied gold Roman numerals, decorative gilt hands.  Substantial large engine turned silver open face case with engine turned middle.  Hallmarked Birmingham 1847, maker's mark “JH”.  The watch is accompanied by a stagecoach watch case comprised of a brass bound square mahogany case with hinged flush handle and lock.  This houses a drum shaped brass case with bayonet fit bezel, the dial signed “Wregg – London”.  Now fitted with a later English three quarter plate fusee movement, the various parts of the case are scratched with the name “Wregg”.  Although it looks small for the movement of the watch, this drum would accommodate it.  The plugged winding hole and original three fixings are suitably placed.  This is not however the original movement for this case.

An interesting related pair.  Wregg apparently specialised in this form of stagecoach  watch.  The mahogany box has a lock which would stop the movement from being tampered with.  The lockable back door is missing – it may have been part of the stagecoach. This would explain the reason the movement is of four day duration – long enough for the coach to reach its destination without the need for attention.  A very rare form of escapement in an unusual large four day watch.  The inside of the fusee is marked “1825 Wregg”.  The date of 1825 scratched on the fusee is consistent with design of the cock.  The dial was made 15 years later and the case a further 7 years later.   The back of the silver dial gives an indication of the life of the watch during the 19th Century with marks from watchmakers in Bucharest, Quebec and Philadelphia.