S DEACON, Barton. No 3080
Fine Massey lever watch retailed by this most interesting Leicestershire firm. Silver case hallmarked Birmingham 1827, casemaker JH (most likely James Heales, Coventry). Capped fullplate fusee movement, the cock engraved PATENT LEVER, the cap stamped with the letter D, as often seen at this period – see pic. Massey type 3 detached lever escapement – see illustration. Unusual 5-spoked steel balance with poising screws, spiral balance-spring. Silver dial with applied gold hour numerals and unusually elaborate engine-turning, gold hands. 52.5 mm diameter.
Samuel Deacon, Barton-in-the-Beans, Leicestershire, cousin of Samuel Deacon the clockmaker, continued the firm until his death in 1860. The Deacon workshop remains mostly intact, and can be seen at Newarke Houses Museum.
Edward Massey, escapement maker, originally from Newcastle-under-Lyme, later Coventry, then Liverpool and London. Inventor and patentee, in 1814, of a detached lever escapement. The escapement is known in five forms, with four different rollers, which were first catalogued by Alan Treherne, the earliest being types 1 and 5, followed by types 2 and 3. Type 4 is a seconds beating watch and is usually fitted with type 3 roller.
Lightly engine-turned band of the case showing the watch has been worn, otherwise in very good and original condition. Cleaned and guaranteed.