Converted verge signed John Bolton #702

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  1. John Matthews

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    I attach photographs of a converted verge signed by John Bolton, who at the time was based in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. He had previously worked in Felixkirk, Yorkshire and subsequently New Elvet, Durham. Loomes records that he worked in Chester-le-Street from 1790 to 1815, Graham has indicated that the original verge was probably from this period. John Bolton is also recorded as a clockmaker, for which activity, I think he may be better known. I include a photograph of a contemporary label from a long-case clock as well as his will dated 1817 – he died in 1821.

    The pair cases have assay marks for Birmingham 1853 and, although not as clear, the pendant carries the same date letter. I believe the cases were made by Joseph Harris, The Butts, Coventry (JH incuse registered 23/02/1842). The maker's mark on the pendant is well worn, but I believe it is TB in an oval for the registered pendant maker Thomas Bickley, Spon Street, Coventry registered 31/10/1850.

    As can be seen, the current escapement is a double roller and it would be reasonable to assume that the work was done ~1853 when the watch was re-cased. However, I believe that there is evidence, from which it might be inferred, that significant work was performed on at least two occasions. I refer to the additional holes in the pillar plate and the modification to some of the pillars. The brass ring supporting the dial and been crudely re-worked, In the last instance to accommodate the current dial.

    I am keen to better understand the work that was undertaken to convert the original verge to its current (smoothly working) state, and any help would be much appreciated.

    John
     
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    I have a longcase by a John Bolton, though I think a different guy as this was made around 1720.
     
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    Hi Nick - I re-searched AH to make sure I had correctly identified the Bolton who signed the watch was indeed a clock-maker. There are 4 references to John Bolton - they all refer to , Chapel-le-Street, clocks and a dateline of end of the C18th beginning of C19th. So yes, must be a different maker. I did try and identify your maker, but I couldn't find a reference to a John Bolton from early in the C18th - the only Bolton of that time in Loomes is T (for Thomas) Bolton (or Boulton) - place unknown ~1700~1720.

    John
     
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    Just looked at the dial again, I think it is a Tho

    Thank you for that. Which Loomes book is that?

    Edit> senior moment, I had thought it Tho originally, sorry to invade your thread!

    http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?138977-Thomas-Bolton-8-day-longcase-1740&highlight=bolton
     
  5. John Matthews

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    Nick - no problem - reference -> Brian Loomes "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World" Complete 21st century edition. NAG Press.

    John
     
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