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    Richard Webster 'up-down' watch

    Thank you, Allan! I should have thought of that, although perhaps the presence of the heraldry (an element not much associated with Americans) gives me some excuse. I am beginning to wonder whether this is in fact a fusee movement and the crown is a dummy. I think I can see the pivot of a...
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    Richard Webster 'up-down' watch

    A correspondent has asked me if I can help with information on this watch. As it is stem-wound it can scarcely be earlier than about 1870, and so the Richard Webster named here must be the younger, who seems to have worked between about 1849 and 1881. I am rather at a loss regarding the...
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    Jos Johnson Private Label

    Although Thor Bill's watch is certainly a Liverpool product (as it professes to be) and therefore belongs to the same tradition and period as those of John Cote etc., there is nothing to connect it with the Johnson firm; many makers, and many retailers posing as makers, used the same style. It...
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    Gravell and Son, Charter house square, London

    The dial looks somewhat later in style than the hallmark date. I wonder if it was replaced, somewhere between about 1865 and 1900, to the order of Howard Bishop? He may have been the owner of the watch rather than a retailer, or so I would guess. The broad-rimmed brass balance is something one...
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    Silver Verge Fusee Clock

    I am puzzled by the French inscription 'A Lisbonne, l'an 1499'. My first thought was that this might be an Islamic date, but I understand that the Islamic equivalent for our present year is only 1442. The only dating system I can find that seems to match is that of the Coptic (Egyptian)...
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    Jos Johnson Private Label

    I have just seen the posting about Wolfram2's watch, which is a fine example and, I feel, absolutely genuine. I have never before heard of an American case with a private coat of arms engraved on it! The best chance of finding a replacement second-hand is to look out for a collection of such...
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    J Harrison Watch, Can’t Identify

    Although this watch bears the name of a reputable Liverpool (English) maker of the middle nineteenth century, it is actually Swiss; the layout of the movement, the hinged inner back panel (cuvette), the style of lettering and the cylinder escapement with steel escape-wheel are all signs of this...
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    Joseph Johnson Fusee #7067 - help please

    I have now added No. 7067 to the database (latest version attached). I had forgotten that there was already an example on record of a case with two serial numbers as mentioned by John, namely No. 7281. Oliver Mundy.
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    Joseph Johnson Fusee #7067 - help please

    I too believe that this is a genuine Johnson movement. The cock design and styles of lettering look right; the absence of train-wheel jewels is a little unusual but not without parallel, my database showing Nos. 7184, 7675 and 8097 with the same basic jewel count. The date should be about 1825...
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    Douglas Lapraik Hong Kong Fusee - Hoping to Fill in the Blanks

    I now see what you mean, John. I took the double reflection visible on the fourth-wheel jewel as an indication that this had a recess at its centre and thus was not capped, and I also assumed that the escape-wheel jewel (partly hidden by the balance rim) was of the same nature; but I in turn may...
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    Douglas Lapraik Hong Kong Fusee - Hoping to Fill in the Blanks

    A small point: I would reckon the jewel count as 11, assuming that the two jewels visible in the back plate are matched by others under the dial. The escape-wheel and fourth wheel seem to be jewelled whereas the lever and third wheel are not. this does not mean that it is a low-grade movement...
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    Help identifying this pocket watch

    This must be a very late verge, since British makers (whose style, as Graham has said, is being very closely followed here) rarely used the recessed seconds panel on enamel dials until the late 1850s – though admittedly the Swiss seem to have adopted it in the domestic market somewhat earlier...
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    Genuine Roskell (sold by, not made by) ?

    Allan Purcell for one may have something to add, as may Graham, but meanwhile I feel sure that Andrew is right. The regulator scale with its central star suggests that the movement too was made or at least worked on in Coventry. The compensated balance is a bonus point; this feature was still...
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    Eardley Norton pocket watch: Fake or Real?

    Thank you, Graham; I should have thought of that! I have of course seen the corresponding adjuster on English repeaters, where there is usually no scale or pointer and the plug is slotted for a screwdriver instead of being squared for a key. Incidentally, you have solved a puzzle for me in the...
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    Eardley Norton pocket watch: Fake or Real?

    It would seem, then, that this watch has two separate means of regulation! If Peter can find the watch, it would be most interesting to have another side view showing what is between the plates directly under the 'V/L' pointer. The only parallel to this feature I have seen is in a very exotic...
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    MI Tobias pocket watch ID help

    Welcome, Agnes, and thank you for this glimmer of light! We will have to investigate why Martin's thorough researches ten years ago did not trace Robert Bowers; as he said, there are gaps in the records for the Chester office. Silver-gilt cases were not unknown in the early nineteenth century...
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    Watch and clock repair prices from 1795

    Thanks to Andrew for making this valuable document available. Oliver Mundy.
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    British Watch Company Pocket Watch - Value?

    This appears to be a very late example of a traditional English key-wound watch; the industry was dying, having failed to keep pace with Swiss and American developments, and many so-called watchmakers were by this time supplying bought-in Swiss watches instead. It would be interesting to see the...
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    George Prior

    If you look at the movement edgeways, between the plates, is there a wheel with teeth that stand upright on the rim like the teeth of a comb instead of radiating outwards from it? I shall add a picture showing the kind of wheel I mean. If the Prior watch has one of these so-called contrate...
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    Robert Roskell Numbers File.

    Allan, have you (or has anyone) come across a genuine Roskell engraved with the kind of wording mentioned in the 1954 letter ('Duplex Escapement, Full Jewelled')? 'Full Jewelled', especially , sounds to me like the sort of thing one finds on the cuvettes of Swiss watches. On the other hand, the...

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