Posted 4 years ago
English verge fusee made in 1767 by watchmaker John Edmonds. The movement has a very beautiful plate, pierced parts and balance assembly. The balance has great movement and sound when running. The inner case is gold gilt over sterling silver, and is hallmarked for 1767. (This watch was made twenty two years before George Washington became president of the U.S. on Feb. 4, 1789). The outer case is covered in shagreen which is in great condition considering it is age. In the 17th and early 18th centuries, the term "shagreen" began to be applied to leather made from sharkskin or the skin of a ray fish. I have a very nice gold key to set and wind this watch.
It's fascinating to hold this tiny machine in your hands that was the highest technology 250 years ago!
Thank you very much for looking!