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  1. John Matthews

    Going-barrel pair-cased watch

    Graham - I agree it is not impossible ... However, I have just quickly re-read the article to which you refer. Unfortunately I do not believe, unless I have missed it, that they provide evidence to support their statement ... 'If it is not documented otherwise, the more elaborate, anonymous...
  2. John Matthews

    Going-barrel pair-cased watch

    Andy - a few further comments on your watch. First a question, does the silver dial have a full set of hallmarks on the rear, as well as the Yeoman's stamp? My conclusion that the movement was made by Rotherhams, is by comparison with similar full plate movements. From the examples I have seen...
  3. John Matthews

    Going-barrel pair-cased watch

    Andy - I am not sure if you have posted the photographs of this watch before. The movement was made by Rotherhams and I believe that it was machine made. It is identical, apart from yours having no serial number, to other examples that Rotherhams were selling at the time. The retailers are...
  4. John Matthews

    Help Identifying a (Possible) Omega Pocketwatch and (Possible) Omega Movement

    I cannot help with the movement, but the case carries the Omega trademark and the official Swiss hallmarks for 14K gold that were established by an act in December 1880 and were used from the following year... John
  5. John Matthews

    Going-barrel pair-cased watch

    Jerry I suspect that the engraving of the signature was before the plate was gilded The signature on this watch is David Harley, who in 1886, is listed as a 'watch maker' at 43 High Street, Dunfermline. I believe this watch was machine made and finished by Ehrhardt who will have added the...
  6. John Matthews

    Wall & Weslake ?

    Graham, As the orientation of the movement is what you would expect for a hunter, it is hunter set, is it not? I thought perhaps the dial had been rotated 90°, facilitated by the modification of a brass edge. In the absence of an edge and if the dial is original, that would not be possible. John
  7. John Matthews

    Wall & Weslake ?

    Graham - do you think it did have originally? I was expecting to see one. John
  8. John Matthews

    Going-barrel pair-cased watch

    Piers Ehrhardt only made going barrel movements, his earlier movements wound anticlockwise. Later he offered clockwise winding movements. (see Priestley's description of the Birmingham trade). I believe the movement to have been machine made. John
  9. John Matthews

    Wall & Weslake ?

    Andy I cannot find any reference to Wall & Weslake in the SE. There are number of 'watch makers' listed with the surname Weslake in Greater London from 1820s to 1840s, but none as far out as Chatham. I am not convinced the watch is in the original case. I have photographs of movements with...
  10. John Matthews

    An auction surprise !

    Seth - I have recently started to describe the plate at the back of the watch, the back plate, rather than the top plate - as it is only on top when you look at the movement from the back of the watch. I think that sounds logical, but I am not really sure which is the accepted descriptor, as...
  11. John Matthews

    An auction surprise !

    Andy - an interesting acquisition, at a good price - well done. Neither the 3rd nor 4th pinions appear to be capped on the pillar plate, the 4th is driving the second hand, so cannot be capped and it appears that the third isn't either (am I mistaken?), but the 3rd appears to be capped on the...
  12. John Matthews

    FOUND MY GRANDFATHERS POCKET can someone identify what it is

    Les is correct. In order to provide a definitive identification of the hallmarks, the photographs need to be sharper. I think you may be using flash, which causes reflections that are not helpful. You should to use natural light if possible, or diffused artificial light. Having said that, I...
  13. John Matthews

    Help i identifying movement

    Yes, but surely only the ones that transmit the power to the centre pinion can be described as having a reversing pinion. Yes as illustrated in the last two photographs in post #5 Am I still missing something? John
  14. John Matthews

    Help i identifying movement

    Graham - I don't believe I am following you. So this is my understanding - please correct as necessary. John's explanation is that the fundamental design concept of the reversing pinion was as a safety device as was the earlier(?) Morcom patent of 1886 ... With the Morcom patent the...
  15. John Matthews

    Help i identifying movement

    Apology - typo John
  16. John Matthews

    Help i identifying movement

    The movement was made by the Lancashire Watch Company Ltd, Preston Lancashire. I believe it will have been made ~1900 It has the reversing pinion - often described as a dummy wheel to enable reverse winding of the barrel, i.e. anticlockwise as a fusee driven watch. It's actually designed as ...
  17. John Matthews

    FOUND MY GRANDFATHERS POCKET can someone identify what it is

    Your case carries London import hallmarks. Your photograph lacks the necessary resolution to make a definitive identification, but these three marks ... are 925 - silver purity the London import mark to the right and the date letter below. I cannot make out the letter, but the cartouche was...
  18. John Matthews

    My first english Cylindre

    Thanks for checking. John
  19. John Matthews

    My first english Cylindre

    Graham - I believe you are mistaken. The column on the left refers to the master. The apprentice record for Downes is 3/31 Downes, Thomas son of John Gent London Mx app, George Cartwright mas, Citzen & Clockmaker, London, Mx, 24 Jun 1714, 7 years £20. Therefore it was Christopher Fennymore...
  20. John Matthews

    My first english Cylindre

    Apology - I was mistaken in assigning the mark to Denis Boursin and having enhanced the photograph I agree it is probably EB. I believe Graham is matching the mark with the Fleur de lis above either EB or E·B. I cannot see any evidence for the '·', but given the listing of known cases, you...

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