Edward Prior specialised in producing watches for the Ottoman market and an example in exceptional condition recently appeared at a sale held at the Canterbury Auction Galleries.
Incorporating fine verge movements with
pierced and scrolled balance cocks and pillars, these watches
appeal primarily for their case decoration - white enamel dials
with Turkish numerals and 'beetle and poker' hands and outer cases
of silver and tortoiseshell.
Hallmarked for 1866 and numbered 76977, this
example was relatively late (Prior is recorded working in London
In superb condition retaining all three
typical elements of the case, but also including a profusely
engraved white metal cover of Ottoman manufacture, it sold for
£3100 at the auction on February 12 against an estimate of
The price compares favourably with a similar
Edward Prior watch in poorer condition seen a fortnight later at
Lockdales of Ipswich on February 27-29. With a cracked dial, this
earlier watch assayed for 1815 and numbered 52169 took a more
The buyer's premium was 20%
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