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...
Sadly, I'm not finding #31995 in there.
It's broken down by watch type, so it's a little difficult.
I could just be overlooking it in another section.
Production was clearly not sequential.
31993 and 31997 are there. They both look like the same grade as 31109, the big difference being they...
I wish I had seen this thread sooner. I guess no one has mentioned Martin Huber's excellent book "Die Lange Liste"?
I have a copy, but it's all in German, so I've never been able to actually read it. It is mostly lists and descriptions, though. So, it's not too difficult to parse out some of it...
This is all really cool, Allan. I'm a big fan of Liverpool watches and the history you are sharing is just spectacular!
The coin info though, really blows my mind.
I grew up with an avid coin collector. I learned a lot about it, but never really caught the bug. (shame on you for cleaning that...