John Curtis Verge Fusee Hunter Case Pocket Watch with Intaglio Fob

John Curtis Verge Fusee Hunter Case Pocket Watch with Intaglio Fob

183-19EA
$925.00
John Curtis Verge Fusee Hunter Case Pocket Watch with Intaglio Fob
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John Curtis Verge Fusee Hunter Case Pocket Watch with Intaglio Fob

183-19EA
$925.00

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John Curtis Verge Fusee Hunter Case Pocket Watch with Intaglio Fob
England; John Curtis; Man’s; C. 1750’s
CASE: The rose gold-filled, plain polished hunter case is 47mm in size.
DIAL: This white porcelain dial displays Arabic numerals and has spade hands.
MOVT: This key wind/key set movement with verge fusee escapement is gilt with a full plate layout and is signed.
C 3 (The case is in very good condition)
D 3-53 (The dial is in very good condition, very slightly chipped)
M 3 (The movement is in very good condition)
R 7.5 (Rarity on a scale of #1 being very common to #10 being extremely rare)
Experts Opinion: The fob is a wax seal with a stone intaglio carved profile of a young woman. Baldon cock on the movement has an intense foliate and swirl pierced design.  EA


Verge Fusee Escapement
Used in antique spring-powered mechanical watches and clocks, a fusee is a cone-shaped pulley with a helical groove around it, wound with a cord or chain which is attached to the mainspring barrel. Fusees were used from the 15th century to the early 20th century to improve timekeeping by equalizing the uneven pull of the mainspring as it ran down. The mainspring is coiled around a stationary axle (arbor), inside a cylindrical box, the barrel. The force of the spring turns the barrel.

Key-wind/Key-set Movements
The very first pocket watches up until the third quarter of the 19th century had key-wind and key-set movements.  A watch key was necessary to wind the watch and to set the time.  This was usually done by opening the case back and putting the key over the winding-arbor (which was set over the watch's winding-wheel, to wind the mainspring) or by putting the key onto the setting-arbor, which was connected with the minute-wheel and turned the hands.  Some watches of this period had the setting-arbor at the front of the watch, so that removing the crystal and bezel was necessary to set the time. 

This watch includes a reproduction of the correct size key, it is not the original.