These are, for me at least and probably for everyone else as well, the boring ones. I have to admit to having little interest in verge watches and these are there simply as examples of the type - and the Folland was the first watch that I ever bought. FOLLAND - PAIR CASE POCKET WATCH – 1789 Auctioned as: Silver Pocket watch 1729/30 by Wm Lukin London Verge fusee pair cased watch Case makers mark: W . L The hall mark dates exclude William Lukin as the case maker. Lukin was a London silversmith who was operating in 1729; however, he went bankrupt in 1745 and resigned from the Goldsmith’s Guild in 1755. The maker could be William Laver, who is listed in Jackson’s (main volume) as a maker in London 1792/3. Laver is not listed as a watch case maker in Priestley; however W . L is listed as: William Linsey 2 Bridgewater Gardens London. Linsey was registered with the Guild of Goldsmiths on 3 May 1794. The cases are in reasonable condition. There is some minor fretting between the inner and outer cases. The outer case has a small ding and the catch release pin is missing; the release spring, however is present. There is a silver solder repair to the inner case hinge. Hallmark: London 1789 Movement Wm Folland Exeter No 13159 William Folland is listed in Baillie as a watchmaker in Exeter 1795. He is also listed in the 1850 Exeter Trade Directory as: William Folland Watchmaker 160 Fore Street Exeter (Probably Wm Folland jnr) The following entry appears in ‘Time In Exeter’; (1) FOLLAND, WILLIAM, watchmaker, Fore Street, Exeter Pocket Journal, for 1789. A large map shows his premises as close to the present entrance to the Mint Methodist Church. He was paid £1 1s in 1790 for cleaning and repairing St Olave’s parish clock and subsequently kept it in repair for 5s a year. The St John’s churchwarden’s accounts include payments to him about the clock for 1792 – 96. He lived in St Olave’s parish and was churchwarden in 1811.; he regularly served on juries in the Midsummer Quarter Sessions. Baillie records a watch movement, Wm Folland, Exeter, 1795, in the Horstmann collection. The Exeter Gazette of Saturday, 14 August 1824 records his death: “On Wednesday last, aged 53, Mr William Folland, watchmaker of this city.” I think the age is likely to be incorrect, as it would have him born in 1771 and therefore only 18 yrs old at the time of manufacture of this piece. As apprentices were generally indentured at the age of 14, for 7 years, Folland would not have served his time at 18 years of age. It is likely that a William John Folland, who also operated from Fore Street, but at later dates, was his son. W J Folland had a daughter, Frances Victoria Folland, who married Thomas Steele Shapcott in 1855. Movement is a verge fusee with Tompion regulator. The movement is very clean and has an engraved hand with pointed finger as the regulator indicator. The chain appears to be wrapped around the barrel of the great wheel. When wound the fusee immediately returns (clicks worn?). In all other respects the movement seems to be there. The face has minor blemishes (scratches etc) but no hairlines, cracks or chips. The early bulls eye mineral crystal is scratched and somewhat discoloured. The hands are hand fashioned and may be gold. The bull's eye crystal is heavily scratched and is clearly old and possibly original. Repairs: Repaired November 2003 by Richard Brewster of Hull. New fusee clicks made and fitted; new outer case button made and fitted. The watch now runs the full length of the chain and currently loses just 7 minutes in 24 hrs. CONSULAR CASED VERGE – EDWARD GOWER Description: Gilded brass consular cased, verge movement watch with winding through the face at the 12 o’clock position. The movement marked: Edw Gower LONDON 1798 CaseMaker’s Mark: None Case Maker: Not known Case Description: Brass consular case double hinged at the bezel, the hinge is slightly worn. There is a release button, on the pendant, for the bezel and the movement release catch is in the usual position of 6 o’clock. The condition of the inside of the case rear, which is gold plated, is indicative of the original condition of the case; all of the original plating on the outer case has been rubbed off over the years. The case has a very good bulls eye glass. The case refurbished and re-gilded by Mr. Ray Bell in April 2004, at a cost of £65.00 Movement Maker: There is no record of Edward Gower as a maker in any of the standard reference books (Baillie, Loomes or Britten); enquiries posted on the NAWCC site elicited no response and there is nothing obvious listed on the internet. Movement Type: A fusee driven verge with English style balance cock. Movement Description: A small movement with fire gilded plates and no dust cover; there are turned cylindrical pillars and an intricately carved balance cock with a symmetrical floral design. The foot of the cock is retained by a blued steel screw and two dowels. One of the dowels locates into one of the plate pillars, whilst the second is secured in a plain cylindrical ‘half pillar’. The decoration on the foot could be floral or flame, with a rosette surrounding the screw and a chiseled border. The regulator is of the bosely style. The bottom plate has a fixed potence for the third wheel, and secures the set up ratchet for the spring barrel and the spring for the case catch. The movement, although dirty when received, runs reasonably well, (although out of beat) and with reasonable ‘verge’ accuracy for the full length of the chain. The movement cleaned, serviced and spring barrel set up ratchet replaced by Richard Brewster in June 2004 at a cost of £25.00. The replacement set up ratchet actually fouls the motion works.