Thomas Oliver, London, Movement No. 1818, Case No. 1818, 59 mm, 369 g, circa 1818
An extraordinary heavy pair-cased pocket watch
Case: outer case - silver, polished, case maker's punch mark "WB/CH" (William Bush / Charles Hazle, Bowling Green Lane, Clerkenwell), dedication engraving on the back side: "Ja(me)s Rhodes, Halifax, 1866". Inner case - silver, polished, case maker's punch mark "WB/CH" (William Bush / Charles Hazle, Bowling Green Lane, Clerkenwell). Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: full plate movement, signed, gilt, chain/fusee, round movement pillars, English lever escapement, three-arm steel balance, engraved balance cock, diamond endstone on balance.
The watchmaker Thomas Oliver worked in London, 17 Fleet Street around 1785 in partnership with Joseph West. From 1790 till 1800 he worked in 2 Brook Street, Hanover Square; after that he is supposed to have a shop in New Bond Street.
Source: Brian Loomes, "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, London 2006, p. 581.
Dial: very good
Movm.: very good, capable of running