HOME » ANTIQUE POCKET WATCHES WITH CHATELAINE OR CHAIN » 30. G.Prior, London ca 1775-1785 + Silver Chatelaine

30. G. Prior Verge Fusee Pocket Watch, London ca.1775-1785 wilth Silver Chatelaine.

G. Prior, London.

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:

George:                                            Edward:

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             

George. Prior, London ca.1775-1785 Pocket watch wilth Silver Chatelaine.
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.