Good quality keyless reverse fusee movement, circa 1880.
Three-quarter plate movement (openface set) jewelled to the 3rd, with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape, the 13 x 6 size frame stamped J.W (John Wycherley). Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Enamel dial in prefect condition, blued-steel hands. 41 mm diameter, 8.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
Allamand Brothers, City Road, London, previously in Spencer St, Clerkenwell, the heart of London's watchmaking district, known to have sold high quality English work. NB: This movement once in the Vaudrey Mercer collection.
John Wycherly (1817-91), one of the most important Liverpool makers of rough movements and supplier to most of the best English finishers of his day. He designed his own tooling and standardised English movement sizes, and is holder of Patent No 880, March 1867, for manufacturing "parts of a watch framework to gauge, so that they may be interchangeable" - American historians, please note.
Lacking minute hand, otherwise in good complete and original condition. Not cleaned by me but will tick if pressure is applied to the train.
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