George IV Sterling Pocketwatch
A Georgian period sterling silver pair-cased fusee movement pocketwatch with interesting maritime provenance. This timepiece descended through the Simmons family of Prince Edward Island, of which their descendants were one of the two oldest pioneering families of PEI.
The watch's movement carries the mark of Joseph Manton of London, most known for his work as an important 18th century gunsmith, but who in the early 19th century turned his talents to crafting fine timepieces. Interestingly, inside the outer case is a watchmaker's label for John Treneman of Charlottetown, PEI. Behind that label were several other pieces of paper, most of which were presumably put in to pad the watch while nestled in the case, and one which shows costs of boat passage to various ports in Nova Scotia.
This pocketwatch has the all-important and original outer silver case with matching hallmarks to the watch's case. Both cases feature the maker's mark of Charles Read, with additional hallmarks of the sovereign's head, anchor for Birmingham, and date-lettered for the year 1829.
Note that this watch does run but seems to need some minor adjustment/cleaning. If it's in the open position and the movement is sitting at a particular angle it runs and keeps time well, but when the case is closed it seems to stop, so it's likely something is being slightly pressed when the case is closed.
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