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    New Novice Member needs assistance: 1773 England Pair Cased Fusee Pocket Watch?

    Idaho: Well, there you have it. I think John M's analysis (post # 24) makes sense. The movement may be about 15 years older than the case, but the two are still original to each other. The history of most old items is lost to, well, history. And so we need to construct the most plausible...
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    New Novice Member needs assistance: 1773 England Pair Cased Fusee Pocket Watch?

    Idaho: The date engraved on the case (1850) is not inconsistent with the assay letter date (1849). All that the letter date tells you is when the case was assayed, not when the movement was made, nor when the movement was fitted to the case. So the two two different years (1849 vs 1850) by...
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    New Novice Member needs assistance: 1773 England Pair Cased Fusee Pocket Watch?

    When I saw this watch, I would have dated it to the 1830s. Indeed I read with interest John M's comment above that the style of the watch reminds him of the style of watches made by V&R in the 1830s. The year 1849 strikes me as late for a verge, but what do I know? Any chance this case was made...
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    I have Lizzie Borden's watch . . .

    Rich: nice looking movement and so similar to other Anglo-American fusees to suggest a common origin.
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    John Hornby of Liverpool.

    Allan identifies the stop-work and hack system as the same in post # 1. I followed suit. On nearly all of my lever fusees, at about the 6 o'clock position, there is a lever that toggles between two positions, one of which allows the train to advance, the other stops it. Allan's watch stops the...
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    I have Lizzie Borden's watch . . .

    I think the story of Lizzie Borden is fading even in the US. The story of Jack the Ripper, on the other hand, has left an indelible mark on popular culture, although perhaps only for those whose native tongue is English.
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    John Hornby of Liverpool.

    Here I am passing through on Christmas Eve 2020. With regards to stop-work, I've read several reasons over the years for its existence. Some have even called these watches stop watches or doctor's watches. That has always seemed peculiar to me. My thought has been that the presence of...
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    Liverpool Window Jewels

    Just found this interesting discussion. Jewels are hard (to resist wear) but also brittle (witness so many cracked jewels). Someone above noted that on a Liverpool runner the fusee has the largest jewel, with those wheels that follow having jewels of decreasing size. Let me throw this out: the...
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    1910? Glashütte Original Pocket Watch

    Interesting history. Interesting mix of players. My father was a navigator on a B-17. The Army Air Corp equipped him with a Hamilton pocket watch, I think a chronometer, which accompanied him on every mission he flew. I remember the watch; he carried it with him every day. At some point the...
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    Is there an easy fix to quicken a slow-running watch?

    Thanks for your response. T this watch has a Breguet overcoil and, incidentally, a double roller, which I find surprising for a 7j watch. I have taken a look at the regulator pins. They look fine; no visible gaps yet slip easily. I decided to move the regulator arm even more to speed up the...
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    Why would someone in 19th C. U.S. buy a difficult to repair fusee?

    Les: Good question. Reoughbarked: Good answer. Well I agree. How could I disagree? Still, take the case of my NYC cylinder fusee. These are scarce in the mother country, and it intrigues me that such a watch found its way here ca. 1800. Possibly the original owner knew nothing of escapements...
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    Is there an easy fix to quicken a slow-running watch?

    I see, if the pins are too wide they are effectively not shortening the balance spring. I will take a look.
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    Is there an easy fix to quicken a slow-running watch?

    I just did a simple repair to a 16s, 7j Elgin. The major problem was a broken pivot on the seconds wheel, the part that held the hand. After a thorough cleaning and re-assembly the movement took off with very good motion to the balance. Noting the watch ran about three minutes slow when the...
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    Why would someone in 19th C. U.S. buy a difficult to repair fusee?

    I'm trying to think of a modern analog. As a consumer I might not want to buy an off-brand if parts are difficult to get or repairs are also difficult. I think it's safe to say throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the basic verge and basic lever were the dominant types of escapement judging...
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    Why would someone in 19th C. U.S. buy a difficult to repair fusee?

    I was just looking at Rich's Philadelphia watch (https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/chester-gold-hallmarks.174885/), a beauty. His watch resurrected a question I've often had: Why would someone on the US side of the Atlantic buy a complicated fusee hard to repair? Things break. The simplest lever...
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    Interesting M. I. Tobias fusee

    Cleaning house, I found this partial fusee. I think it only needs a new staff to run again. No dial and no dial plate. And certainly no case. Still, an interesting item. On a related topic, a few weeks ago I picked up an 18s Hamilton 21j Model 940. Only needed a new mainspring, which I had. No...
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    K&D Inverto Deluxe--need picture of complete set

    That is an enormous help. I will organize my set as yours. And yes I do not have the reamer holder. But I do seem to have other things not original to this set. Not all the stakes for example are stamped K&D. gain, thanks. John
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    K&D Inverto Deluxe--need picture of complete set

    I just got a K&D Deluxe Inverto staking set which I know is not complete. I'd like to see a picture of the complete system. I have the complete set of reamers and probably a nearly complete set of stumps. What I can't identify is the reamer holder. And I'd like to see a picture of, well...
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    Post some of your Coin silver pocket watch cases

    I did a bit more poking around in Find-a-Grave. I find reconstructing a family tree something like solving a crossword puzzle. Anyway, I figured Hiram's middle name (Mudge) was a last name and that he was named after someone on his mother's side of the family, assuming she was a Mudge. So I...
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    Watch Regulator needed for 18s Waltham Model 1892

    Watch is complete and running fine, just a bit slow as missing regulator. Please see picture. If you have one, or a parts watch that has one, please let me know.
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