Good Massey lever movement with elaborate compensation-curb, circa 1830.
Capped fullplate fusee movement with 'Liverpool jewels' to the fusee and the barrel set-up on the barrel-bar, which itself shows through the pierced cap, this bearing the cameo stamp 'MB' - yet another cap maker who needs to be identified. Massey type 3 detached lever escapement. Fancy five-spoked gold balance with poising screws. Spiral balance-spring with compensation-curb mounted on the index, the outer arm of which carries both the index pins and a pointer indicating HEAT/COLD on an applied gold scale. One-piece enamel dial. 44.5 mm diameter, 11 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
William Robinson, one of many Liverpool makers known to have exported good quality watches into America and, judging by this example, amongst those who supplied the most interesting - few are known with such an elaborate and no doubt expensive to make compensation-curb.
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.
From the collection of the late Bradley Ross. Lacking minute hand and the enamel dial a replacement, being glued to the original brass-edge, but of the right size, style and period for the movement. Not cleaned by me but will tick when wound.
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