Escapement type?

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  1. mosesgodfrey

    mosesgodfrey Newbie

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    Hello all—I am unfamiliar with earlier lever escapements. What would be the proper name for this one, on a Swiss bar movement?

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  2. Dr. Jon

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    It is a Swiss side lever escapement circa 1840
     
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    Lychnobius Registered User

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    I have never seen a lever with a 'tail' like this. I presume it is a variant of the J-shaped side-lever which is not uncommon in Swiss practice around the middle of the century. Is the forked end (which seemingly passes above the escape-wheel instead of engaging with it) purely ornamental, or does it have some kind of banking function?

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    mosesgodfrey Newbie

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    It would appear to be ornamental in shape, used for counterbalance?

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    Yes they were use to balance the lever about its pivot. I think it was also ornamental.
     
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    mosesgodfrey Newbie

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    Thank you both for your helpful info!
     
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    Andrew Wilde Registered User
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    I had something similar to this, at least in terms of shape. It was an incomplete movement (balance assembly missing completely) inside a case that purported to be a Tobias - one of those Swiss "fakes". It ended up in a mixed lot on ebay. These are the only pictures I have.

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  8. mosesgodfrey

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    Ouch, well these bars do seem a rather ubiquitous type. But I find mine rather curious, and at least it’s running well!
     

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