I have now had chance to take photographs of the verge I mentioned in the previous post and to attempt to find out more information regarding D Edmonds. In the latter respect I have not been particularly successful – but here is what I have been able to find,
Loomes has Edmonds working in Liverpool from1775 to 1810, Baillie records a watch in the Ilbert collection dated 1780 and in Watch and Clock Makers of the World the dates given are 1787 to 1810. In addition, in an earlier thread
one of his watches was in hallmarked cases from 1817/18.
Dave Green's post in that thread, is particularly informative and includes reference to nine watches/movements of Edmonds in the Liverpool Museum collection. Unfortunately, the collections are not accessible online. The museum's database lists D Edmonds as a watchmaker from 1787 to 1800 with a reference to Buckley under the heading directory. I am not familiar with a Buckley trade directory so I have been unable to take this any further. The database also has a B Edmonds operating in Liverpool from 1778 to 1829 – this reference is taken from Baillie. I am wondering whether this might be the same maker, as I have not found any other reference to B Edmonds in my searches. It would help explain the examples of D Edmonds work post 1810.
Apart from the 9 examples in the Liverpool collection, I have reference to 7 watches, all in silver cases.
#784 verge pair case by Thomas Hales, Coventry, hallmark Birmingham1781/2
#3078 verge pair case (sold in USA with watch papers from New Orleans & Boston)
#? verge pair case hallmark Birmingham 1803/04
#3550 verge pair case by William Ryley, Coventry, hallmark Birmingham 1805/06
#5450 verge pair case by Vale & Co., Coventry, hallmark Birmingham 1818/19 (sold in USA)
#6846 verge pair case by Samuel Packwood, Coventry, hallmark Birmingham 1817/18 (Massachusetts watch paper)
#9114 verge pair case by William Howard, Coventry, hallmark Birmingham 1819/20 (Newfoundland watch papers)
So we have Edmonds working in Liverpool from ~1775 to ~1820, producing verge movements housed in Coventry pair cases and, as might be inferred from these surviving examples, a significant portion finding there way to the eastern seaboard of the USA.