Good quality lever movement by Nicole Nielsen, circa 1885.
Three-quarter plate keyless (openface set) going-barrel movement jewelled to the 3rd, with hard brass setting at the centre, with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, the frame stamped with NN's number 2799. Single-roller detached lever escapement with adjustable single-pin banking set on a screw head. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Snap-on signed enamel dial in perfect condition. 42.5 mm diameter, only 8.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
The firm of M F Dent, along with the sister company of E J Dent, one of the most important London watch, clock and chronometer makers of the second half of the 19th century - it is interesting to compare this with the almost identical NN movement retailed by the firm of E J Dent, presently on my website. See the book on Edward John Dent and the various Dent firms by Vaudrey Mercer.
Nicole Nielsen were the foremost London watchmakers of the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, supplying many of the finest watches to retailers such as Frodsham, Dent, Smith & Son, etc. See my reprint of Nicole Nielsen's High-Class English Watches trade catalogue and my site Glossary for more information about this most important and still underrated London firm.
Lacking hands and top balance pivot broken. Not working and priced accordingly.
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