I am curious to hear this.
It had always been my understanding that "reversing pinion" and "safety pinion" were two quite separate things.
I've never seen Morcom's patent though, or a reversing pinion with two tracks of teeth. That's interesting. Any that I've encountered do seem to be simply a...
I don't have multiple editions to reference, so I find that bit fascinating. Thanks, John.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.
I always took Britten's to be the most trustworthy, and that because, it is derived primarily of guild records and trade directories information from the periods...
Thank you very much for the additional information, John.
The case is hallmarked for 1929/30, as Graham pointed out.
But, the 1825 comes from Baillie's, and is presumably the source for Loomes, who also lists William, just vaguely as "Liverpool,1825".
That's pretty much what I suspected, I guess. Seeing that Cain is documented as a maker, that Mr. Raiker must have ordered the watch with his name name on it.
It just seems like an odd place, so I thought maybe there might be more to it.
Maybe, being in such a nondescript place...
I recently picked up this Liverpool watch signed "Willm Cain" because I like the Liver bird engraving on the cock, and it's got a Massey II, and a Thomas Helsby case.
William Cain is listed in Baillie's and Loomes, though not Britten's, and there isn't really much of anything about him...
Downing, I'm very sad to say I can't find that one in here either.
There are several listed close to that, but not that one.
About all I can say is those numbers all appear to have been used around the turn of the century. 1900-1902.
The closest one was #43002 and interestingly, it looks like it...