English Pair Case Verge Fusée Pocket Watch by Charleson of London
This pocket watch dates from the early 1800s and blends mechanical skill and artistic quality. The timepiece resides within a pair of brass cases, one fitted inside the other. A design commonly referred to as a “pair case”. The outermost case is gilt brass repoussé, and delicately depicts a neoclassical scene with three distinct figures.
The innermost case houses a verge fusée movement. This sophisticated mechanism is the earliest known mechanical escapement ever used in clock and watchmaking. A design that allowed for the invention of the the very first clocks in the 13th century.
The artistic element of this piece further carries on to the watch’s interior. Lavish engravings adorn the mechanism. The image of a mischievous face even makes an appearance on the watch’s balance bridge, as well as the signature “W Charleson London 1776.” The original enamel dial displays the time on elegant Roman numeral markers.
The key wound movement bears a full restoration and a one year warranty.
Circa 1760SKU: SSHO 77A