Ja Hughes Watch

Discussion in 'European & Other Pocket Watches' started by Old Man 2011, May 10, 2020.

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  1. Old Man 2011

    Old Man 2011 Registered User

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    Can anyone identify this pocket watch movement? I am guessing as to what the initials may be JA. Thank You

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  2. JTD

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    I believe the name on your watch is Jas. Hughes, Liverpool. Jas. is a commonly used abbreviation of James. The 's' is superscript.

    I cannot help further with information on a James Hughes in Liverpool, but others may know more.

    Hope this helps a little.

    JTD
     
  3. Old Man 2011

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    Okay thank you. I will wait to see if anyone else can help.
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  4. gmorse

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    Hi Old Man,

    The signature is almost certainly for the retailer of the watch and not an indication of its makers. English watches at this time were not made in factories, but were the product of a large number of specialist craftspeople, many working in isolation or in very small workshops. It does appear to have originated in the Liverpool area, judging by the decoration on the balance cock, the divisions on the regulator scale and the large 'window' jewels on the escape and fourth wheels. The date could be any time between about 1830 and 1850, and although the edge picture is blurred, I believe I can see a ratchet tooth escape wheel, which suggests either an English lever or Massey lever escapement.

    The upper staff jewels with their setting are both missing and the cannon pinion looks pretty rusty, and there may be other problems hidden away, so I'm afraid it's very doubtful if this is worth the trouble and effort, (not to mention expense), of restoration.

    Regards,

    Graham
     

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