A late 18th Century English verge in silver pair cases. Full plate fusee movement with fusee and chain. Pierced and engraved cock with a small representation of an urn, silver regulator disc. Plain three arm steel balance, blue steel spiral hairspring. Convex white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, blue steel beetle and poker hands. Matching silver pair cases, silver pendant and bow, maker's mark “WD”.
In excellent overall condition. Possibly signed for Catherine Collett, the widow of William Collett. The Colletts were a family of watchmakers based in Uxbridge, a market town and staging post at the time to the west of London. In December 1794 their premises were burgled. William Collett died before the Old Bailey trial in January 1795 when the perpetrator, Michael Love, was found guilty and sentenced to death. The transcript of the trial is online and the will of William Collett accompanies the watch and can be viewed at the National Archives in Kew