This fine savonnette* style pocket watch has been crafted in 18ct yellow gold.
The hinged half hunter** style front cover displays Roman numeral hour markers within a plain border around the minute marked chapter ring which encircles the central circular 'window'.
The exterior covers of this exceptional example of an authentic Victorian solid gold half hunter pocket watch are embellished with impressive crisp engraved and pin struck decoration incorporating an interlaced design accented with floral motifs.
The reverse cover displays an impressive arrangement of the initials 'SJHP' in a contemporary engraved monogram to the centre.
The sides of this antique half hunter pocket watch are also embellished with scrolling leaf engraved decoration.
The watch case has a hinged back plate and interior hinged cover, both of which are clearly hallmarked.
The front cover is released by depressing the hallmarked winder.
The ring attachment is also hallmarked.
The white enamel dial is encircled with black Roman hour markers within a minute marked chapter ring, with the subsidiary seconds dial at six.
The dial clearly displays the maker's mark J. Sewill, 30 Cornhill, London.
The interior of the reverse hinged cover is fully hallmarked and opens to reveal the hallmarked and engraved inner cover, which in turn opens to reveal the movement.
The engraved inscription to the inner cover reads: Samuel H Peller, 1881, and the hallmarks include the gold guarantee mark (crown), the London Assay Office hallmark (leopard's head), the 18ct gold fineness mark (18), the maker's mark (FG) and the date letter for 1881 (F).
The movement is signed by J Sewill, 61, South Castle Street, Liverpool & 30 Cornhill, Royal Exchange, London. in addition to the serial number 35***.
The fine and impressive Victorian watch is fitted to the original hinged leatherette presentation case, which displays the maker's details to both the exterior and interior of the front cover.
NOTES *Pocket watches are normally classified according to the relationship between the seconds dial and the winding stem. If the two are at positioned at a 90 degree angle then the watch is a savonnette (sometimes spelled 'savonette'), if the two are in line then the watch is a lepine (named after Jean-Antoine Lépine).
**A savonnette style watch with a full metal cover is known as a Hunter. Savonnettes with a window to the centre of the cover through which the position of the hands can be seen is known as a Half Hunter or Demi Hunter.