Good Lancashire watch with rare Massey-type 5 escapement.
Barrel-edge silver case hallmarked Chester 1825, casemaker EM (probably Edward Maddock II, Liverpool). Capped fullplate fusee movement, the cock typically engraved DETACHED LEVER, the cap stamped with a 'W.' Massey-type 5 detached lever escapement, with unusual fully rounded tail to the straight sided lever. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. One-piece cream enamel dial, gilt hands. 54 mm diameter.
Thomas Ryall, Oldham Road, Manchester, retailer.
Edward Massey, Newcastle, Coventry and Liverpool, escapement manufacturer and Patentee of the first extensively used detached lever escapements. Catalogued in recent times by Alan Treherne, the various types have come to be called from 1 to 5. Types-I and -5 are the earliest and least common, followed by type-2 and then type-3. Type-4 is a seconds beating-variant, usually fitted with a type-3 roller, and is very rare indeed. NB: Good, clean cased examples of types-1 and especially -5 are now becoming increasingly difficult to find.
Dial with faint hair crack, mismatched hands and some wear showing on case, otherwise a fine example in good original condition. Recently fully serviced and guaranteed.
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