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  1. jplotkin

    R. Stewart, Argyle & Buchanan Streets, Glasgow

    Thanks. That makes sense. That is basically what I did, actually, using a press. It still led to a broken washer on the movement side, perhaps because the supporting stub was contacting the washer, or the pin was stuck due to dried oil…
  2. jplotkin

    R. Stewart, Argyle & Buchanan Streets, Glasgow

    Thanks, both John and Graham. I recall inspecting the roller and thinking it looked like a typical English. I might be able to find a better photo or video. Here is one: Graham: for pin removal, are you suggest using levers or stiff tweezers to pry it out from the top plate, if there is...
  3. jplotkin

    R. Stewart, Argyle & Buchanan Streets, Glasgow

    Balance wheel. Note the unusual weights. Any advice on safe removal of center arbor from cannon pinion for movements like this?
  4. jplotkin

    R. Stewart, Argyle & Buchanan Streets, Glasgow

    The escape wheel gilding looks different from other wheels to me, but you're likely correct. Yes, there is still an intact dial, but there are no markings or serial numbers on the dial. By the way, Graham, I had some trouble pushing the center pin out from cannon pinion on this movement (and...
  5. jplotkin

    R. Stewart, Argyle & Buchanan Streets, Glasgow

    Thank you very much, John. Just so I understand: you believe the "frame maker" (maker-mark J in my example) was likely from Lancashire (possibly even Prescot -- do you know what frame maker used "J"?). The frame maker produced the plates. But the keyless works were then installed by David Keys...
  6. jplotkin

    R. Stewart, Argyle & Buchanan Streets, Glasgow

    Writing to share some images of a nice movement from Glasgow. And to ask about the providence of the Ebouche. Lovely movement, especially the details on the lever and (solid gold?) escape wheel: I'm particularly interested in figuring out who manufactured the plates. The bottom plate...
  7. jplotkin

    Keyed and keyless? (Barraud & Lunds)

    Okay. I think it’s worthwhile to experiment a bit to understand this particular arrangement. Thanks very much. (I love the circular click with internal “crescent” spring)
  8. jplotkin

    Keyed and keyless? (Barraud & Lunds)

    What's the deal with this terrific movement by Barraud & Lunds? It is a fusee, which winds and works well. But there is an elaborate form of keyless works on the backside, with some neat click mechanisms that I've not seen before. Is all this simply for time-setting, or was it possible to wind...
  9. jplotkin

    Is this repairable?

    Thanks, Graham. Sounds like the great wheel isn’t the best place for me to cut my teeth with metal work. ;)
  10. jplotkin

    Is this repairable?

    Fusee cone has missing teeth. I imagine this means that it will wind, but won't be able to run continuously, because it will have no power delivery from spring to train whenever these missing teeth come around -- is the right? So, no easy fix?
  11. jplotkin

    Date from hallmarks (English Sterling, Frodsham)?

    Thanks to all for your expertise. And I agree with Oliver — it’s a decent enough way to hold a fine movement which, incidentally, is now restored and keeping near perfect time in all positions.
  12. jplotkin

    Date from hallmarks (English Sterling, Frodsham)?

    I don't think that's correct, Zedric. Some C. Frodsham's with 4-digit serial numbers include "ADfmz", and some don't. The 4-digit serial numbers were all between 1844 and 1858. The C. Frodsham watches from around 1900 have literal 5-digit serial numbers, such as "07552" as seen here:
  13. jplotkin

    Date from hallmarks (English Sterling, Frodsham)?

    Yes, I tend to think the hallmarks are suspicious too. Interested in what others think.
  14. jplotkin

    Date from hallmarks (English Sterling, Frodsham)?

    Hi, Can you help me date this silver case? My best guess is London 1801, from the combination of hallmarks seen here. But the movement inside is a Charles Frodsham sn 8778 from around 1855-1858. So that would mean that either the case was made 50 years earlier than the movement, or the...
  15. jplotkin

    How to bend hands?

    Thank you both, per usual.
  16. jplotkin

    How to bend hands?

    Hi: I have terrific pocket watch but the hour hand seems to be bent slightly upward, especially towards the tip (see photo). The causes hour/minute to collide, even though they eventually manage to get past each other. I don't think the problem is with fitting the hands (see photo), but that...
  17. jplotkin

    E. Howard Series III

    Thank you very much, Bryan. Yes, I love this model because of all of it variations and especially the reed patent barrel. Do you have any idea where I might obtain a replacement maintainign power pawl? It is such a beautiful part of the movement, with the elegant and fine curved spring.
  18. jplotkin

    E. Howard Series III

    Here is an image of my E. Howard Series III #11586 in a coin silver case. The balance arms are not winged. The case screw is through the balance cock. I'm not sure the case is original as advertised, but it might be (it seems more size N than size 18). Note that the maintaining power spring...
  19. jplotkin

    E. Howard Series III

    The image is not of my movement, but from early in thread. I will post an image of my movement with serial number when I return from a short trip. But, with regards to my question, having read Oct 1987 bulletin page 339 (thank you for reference), it seems like I was basically correct: ratchet...
  20. jplotkin

    E. Howard Series III

    I have a question about the Reed patent barrel system. What is the purpose of Spring/Ratchet #1 versus Spring/Ratchet #2 in the Howard Series III movement (see image below)? Is Spring/Ratchet #2 only for "maintaining power" during winding, whereas spring/ratchet #1 is the primary ratchet for...

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