George Prior, verge fusee pocket watch, ca 1775-1785, with silver chatelaine.
Listed by Frederic J Britten as a watchmaker from 1765-1812 in London. George Prior (1750-1825). (According to G.H. Baillie's list of watch and clockmakers practising watchmaking ca.1765-1810). A London maker, specialising in clocks and watches for the Ottoman market, from about 1770. The watches are usually with Turkish numerals on the dial, and within multiple cases, pairs, triples and quadruples. Edward Prior (1812-?).(1800-1868 according to Baillie's list of watch and clockmakers), Son and successor of George, and like his father was a good London maker of watches for Turkey and the Ottoman Empire. Prior continued to make thick, multi cased, verge watches, of an earlier style, right up until the late 19th century.
The serial numbers of Prior watches may be roughly dated as follows:
|1772 No. 6053||1814 No. 38694|
|1777 NO. 11773||1820 No. 45662|
|1782 No. 14580||1833 No. 50699|
|1790 No. 16672||1840 No. 57710|
|1800 No. 28674||1850 No. 65764|
|1810 No. 35821||1862 No. 74360|
|1813 No. 41966||1875 No. 80191|
This is a double, silver cased, fusee movement, it has an outer case with biblical repoussee work. It has a very rare "en facet" cut big ruby endstone. Silver Chatelaine with sliding golden centerpiece to keep the thin chains in order of balance.