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    British Broad Arrow beside hallmark?

    Thanks, Graham. I thought it was out of place considering the age of the pocket watch. It must have been for some other purpose. I just thought it was strange.
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    British Broad Arrow beside hallmark?

    This watch has what appears to be an arrow stamped next to the hallmarks. Does this mean that this watch was military issue? Thanks for your help, Chris
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    1820~ [H&S] UNKNOWN: unfinished verge fusee movement

    John, Here is an example that sold today. The English maker is anonymous. https://www.staceyauction.com/uploads/auctions/23012023/573_4.JPG Kind Regards, Chris
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    Ebay sale and shipping insurance - has this happened to you?

    Hi Robert, I would include a handling fee on ebay to cover the insurance costs. The item is seller's responsibility until it is delivered to the buyer. I have never had anyone claim that a box was empty. However, for expensive items, I would recommend filming the packaging process or wait...
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    How were 18th/early 19th c. watches stored?

    I have seen high-end chatelaine watch combinations housed in original leather-bound wooden cases. I don't have any photos unfortunately. I remember seeing this one from John C. Taylor's collection (its a clock but it is rare to see the delivery cases survive as you noted):
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    Does anyone have an example of Pierre-Francois Le Roy's escapement? I know of only 5 examples through publications, auctions, and museums. I am curious if any private collectors have unknown examples?
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    Thanks, John. Please disregard the Julien post. He improved upon Sully's marine clock escapement and NOT the Sully watch escapement currently discussed.
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    Hi Graham, Wow! That is an excellent observation! Unfortunately, I have lost the specific reference for these photos, but I have taken note of it. As a side note: I have seen the clubbed teeth on one example sold: https://www.antique-watch.com/product/very-rare-sully-escapement-quarter-repeater/
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    Thank you Dr. Don for the Laesser book recommendation. Here is a photo of a set of diagrams relevant to the discussion. To summarize Debaufre-inspired escapements, there are later Ormskirk Debaufre's, Garnier Chaff-cutters, Leroy escapements (only 5 known to exist), and later Sully...
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    Sully's original escapement was improved upon by Julien Le Roy after Sully's early death. I have included some photograph references. Robert St-Louis is self-publishing a book on Henry Sully's life and horological work. He is a fascinating man who was well-connected within the watchmaking...
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    Hi John, You're Sully diagram is consistent with my understanding. I have three examples of this escapement type. It is difficult for me to get photos showing the escapement. Here is a video that another collector posted that shows the escapement in action. I am going to try to call the...
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    John, I can assure this was never a verge! The escapement opening is too narrow. You see these narrow openings on Sully escapements. I have a few Sully watches and will post photos later. If I were to assume that the escapement were a replacement, then I would assert that it was originally...
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    Now that I think about it, this escapement design might not need potence adjustment such as a verge fusee might.
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    Hi John, I agree; these pillars do span a good range, but the height of the movements did gradually decrease. The pillars are high and have the larger flare to the square section. I have seen particular pillars seem to span 1730 to the 1760s with examples by some early makers [Pothenot a...
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    Assuming that all statements/assumptions from my previous post are true, I would be interested in opinions on this movement. Unfortunately, these are the only photos I have at the moment. The movement dates from about 1720 to 1730. The back plate appears to be English-style with what would...
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    Help w/ Debaufre Escapement references

    Debaufre Escapement Teeth: I haven't been able to find any published documentation from Debaufre detailing his escapement design. In the Laesser book suggested by Dr. Don, the Debaufre escapement is illustrated with sharp teeth as shown in the examples posted by Rich. Bernhard, and John. For...
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    18th century - Nichols

    Both you and John had written “1880”. It seems that you intended “1780”? These aren’t traditionally cylinder pillars. The bottom is squared. I believe continental watches adopted cylindrical pillars earlier than English. I agree with in regards to English makers.
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    18th century - Nichols

    Hi Bernhard, I respectively disagree. This is watch is mid 18th century. I believe you might be thinking of the George Prior watches for the Turkish market. That particular market preferred watches of a design from centuries past. I typically see Dutch market watches with tulip pillars...
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    18th century - Nichols

    I like your watch. I think it has some attractive features regardless of whether it was truly produced in London. I see a lot of Dutch market watches that were produced with 'retro' styles that were popular decades prior. In my opinion, I doubt it is a Frankenstein watch made from multiple...
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    English Pair Case Restoration

    I located the seller and I have sent him a message asking if he still makes/sells the pique pins for watches. The pin head style has a decorative floral appearance. I'm sure many of you have seen them on leather bound outercases.

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