LWCo (Lancashire Watch Co Ltd), Prescot, England. No 514610


Good large English machine-made keyless watch, circa 1900.

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Silver engine-turned Dennison crystal (flat glass) case case hallmarked Birmingham 1907. 17-size fullplate going-barrel 7-jewel movement with REVERSING PINION, also engraved ENGLISH MANUFACTURE. Single-roller detached lever escapement with club-tooth (divided lift) escape wheel and adjustable banking pins. Compensation balance, blued-steel balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, the lettering properly fired and not later painted, blued-steel hands. 55 mm diameter.

The Lancashire Watch Company Limited, its factory at Prescot, on the outskirts of Liverpool, famous for its failed attempt to bring American style watch production into the Lancashire trade at the end of the 19th century. See also the new book on the Lancashire Watch Company... by John Platt, pages 232 and 233.

For those interested, the factory building remains in place and is well worth a visit, as is the town of Prescot and the few remaining signs of its once formidable watch manufacturing workshops. The wonderful Prescot Museum is now closed, however, a regrettable decision by the local council and Liverpool Museums.

Glass, case and movement with minor signs of use, and the gilding rather scruffy, as usual, otherwise in good original condition. Serviced and guaranteed.