Painted Porcelain Dial Unsigned Verge Fusee Pocket Watch
Swiss; Unsigned; Man’s; C. 1790’s
CASE: The .800 silver, 52mm, plain polished case has an open
DIAL: This fancy porcelain dial displays Arabic numerals and
Louis XIV hands.
MOVT: This key-wind/key-set movement with verge escapement is gilt with a
full plate layout.
C 3 (The case is in very good
D 3 (The dial is in very good
M 3 (The movement is in very good
R 7 (Rarity on a scale of #1 being
very common to #10 being extremely rare)
Experts Opinion: Case is in very nice condition, but the appeal of
this watch, seen thru the bull’s-eye crystal is the very colorful dial.
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.
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