Any iformation on my first fusee????

Discussion in 'European & Other Pocket Watches' started by Shawn Moulder, Jan 11, 2020.

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  1. Shawn Moulder

    Shawn Moulder Registered User

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    I usually don't buy non American watches, but I broke down and finally bought a fusee. Can anyone shed light on my fusee? I would like to know what time period my fusee was made, I'm ssuming 1790s to around the 1820s? I would also like to know if the movement appears to be French, Swiss or English?

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    Hi Shawn,

    From what I can see, it seems to be a French verge, certainly not English, and from the end of the 18th century. The clues lie in the balance bridge, (rather than a cock), the keyhole-shaped steel end-piece on the cock table, (the 'cocqueret'), the regulator with its pointer moving over a fixed dial, the front winding, the style of the smaller cocks on the top plate and the design of the case and particularly the bow. Some of these features may occasionally appear individually in English watches, but taken all together, they strongly suggest a French origin. Many of these dials become damaged around the winding hole, but this one has a collet, which has protected it.

    There may be some small hallmarks inside the case, but these don't include any accurate dating information as a rule. Some clearer pictures, especially of the case interior and the edge of the movement, may tell more; it's better not to use flash because the glare obscures detail.

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    Graham
     
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    Hey Graham,

    Thanks so much for the information. The watch has two small hallmarks close to the bow but they are hard to decipher what they are. Here are some more pictures of the watch.

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    Here is a picture of the hallmarks.

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    Hi Shawn,

    The three chevrons are similar, but not identical, to the town mark for Neuch√Ętel, which is in the French-speaking area of Switzerland near the French border, in the Jura mountains. This area has been a watchmaking centre for centuries.

    Some pictures of the edge of the movement, taken without flash, would be helpful. Flash simply produces reflections and glare which make detail harder to see.

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    Graham
     

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