Sam WILLMOTT, London. No 1709


£ 595.00

Fine early 18th century English movement with unusual/unique features, circa 1709.

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Fullplate fusee movement with rare lion rampant pillars and a beautifully pierced contrate - I have seen very few similar. Verge (recoil) escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Later enamel dial. 38 mm diameter, 20 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

I can find no record of a Samuel Willmott, although a Stephen Willmott is recorded as being made Free of the Clockmakers' Company in 1674. I suspect  that the number may be a date and that the name is that of the watches first owner, even though the movement has some features that look to be earlier. The pillars, however, appear to be commemorating the Act of Union with Scotland that came into force on May 1st 1707. Queen Anne was then on the throne.

Whatever its actual date, this is a rare movement. Lacking hands, the later dial with edge chips, and with early but later applied jeweling to the balance staff. Not cleaned by me but will tick happily if wound.