BARWISE'S, London. No 7361


£ 145.00

Good early Savage 2-pin movement by this interesting London firm, circa 1820.

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Capped fullplate fusee movement, both cap and movement signed, the cap stamped RE (cameo), as often seen in the best London work of the period. Savage 2-pin detached lever escapement, the lever with small rack-type counterpoise. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Original one-piece numbered enamel dial. 45 mm diameter, 13 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

John Barwise, born Cumbria, a most energetic and influential London retailer, founder of this famous London firm and seller of many fine watches, his sons, John and Weston. See the article by David Thompson on Barwise in the Autumn 1998 issue of Antiquarian Horology. 

George Savage, Huddersfield and London, inventor (circa 1814) of the best form of detached lever escapement in which the safety pin also receives the impulse. With finer tolerances than the normal detached lever escapements, the 'Savage 2-pin' as it has come to be called, was always more expensive to fit. Examples are much more rare than the English Massey and table-roller variants.

Lacking hands and dial with hair cracks and edge chips. Otherwise in good original condition, but the fusee chain unhooked. Not cleaned by me but will tick when pressure is applied to the train. Sold as not working.