This is a very small English fusee with a verge escapement. It measures just about 40mm in diameter and is keywind from a hole in the front of the dial (unlike most English fusees which are keywind from the back). The movement is marked "L. Leplastrier", "London" and "275". The case is solid 18K gold, and the fancy dial is gold as well. The London hallmarks date the watch to 1832.

After purchasing this watch and displaying it here on my website, I received the following e-mail from a descendant of the man who actually made the watch:

My progenitor Jean Le Plastrier was a clockmaker, his son Louis Le Plastrier who began making clocks at 142 High St. Shadwell from 1802-1834.

His son Louis Jr. also was a clockmaker, he moved from Deal in 1823 to London and then in 1845 to 50 Alfred Street, City Road, London. I am assuming it was Louis Jr. who made your pocket watch. The Australian Le Plastrier families are the only direct descendants of Jean & Louis Le Plastrier anywhere in the world. Our family were refugees from Rouen after the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685. France's loss England's gain !


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