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    Anonymous English lever fusee: 1846 or 1897?

    My thanks to John, Graham and Andrew. It is a pity that some oaf apparently did not realise what the release-button was for and tried to open the back of the case by brute force (or so I conclude from the distortion seen in my edge-on view). Nonetheless, the watch survived. So far it is keeping...
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    Must see: Peter Litherland 1792 Rack Lever Patent.... The Actual Document!

    I too would like to thank Chris for bringing these precious documents to our attention. I believe that some rack-levers signed for Joseph Johnson during the 1810s were actually made by Litherland Whiteside or Litherland Davies. Compare, below, the lettering and cock design of Litherland...
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    Anonymous English lever fusee: 1846 or 1897?

    This is not a distinguished watch – a nameless seven-jewel single-roller fusee with a plain steel balance – but it was priced at less than GBP100, and as I cannot remember the last time I saw a complete and functional English fusee watch at this sort of price, I snapped it up. Once I had...
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    Josh Johnson

    Once again,, Allan, I am in your debt! 6138 is new to me. I doubt its authenticity, largely because of the style of lettering, cock decoration and maintaining-power spring, and if I am right in this there is no longer any ground for placing this movement in the 1820s (my guess is ten to twenty...
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    Front & Rear Wind Fusee?

    I agree with John that this watch seems to combine British and European elements. The engraving on the dust-cap looks thoroughly British, apart from the A and R which I suspect were added later; so does the engraving and piercing of the cock. On the other hand the ruby endstone and the rather...
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    An interesting 'Johnson' watch token

    From the appearance of the locomotive – in particular, the fact that it has no protection for the crew at all, not even a screen – I should imagine that this token dates from the very earliest years of Johnson's operation in Preston. I wonder if the 'club' was a kind of subscription enterprise...
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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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