F B ADAMS, St John’s Sq, London. No 4/8151


Good movement with Savage '2-pin' lever escapement, circa 1840.

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Nicely detailed finished three-quarter plate fusee movement with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape, the hollow-back frame without the usual Lancashire size stamps and almost certainly of London manufacture. Detached lever escapement with Savage 2-pin action - see pic. Gold balance, spiral balance-spring. Signed enamel dial, gold hands. 44 mm diameter, 8 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Francis Bryant Adams, from a well known family of watchmakers, and one time partner with George Moore. Based at the heart of Clerkenwell, London’s watchmaking centre, with a deserved reputation for his export of fine watches to America. NB: The significance of the usual numbering of this movement is not clear.

George Savage, Huddersfield and London, inventor (circa 1814) of what I consider the best form of detached lever escapement, in which the safety pin also receives the impulse. With finer tolerances than the normal detached lever escapements, the 'Savage 2-pin' as it has come to be called, was always more expensive to fit. Examples are much more uncommon than the English Massey and single-roller variants.

Dial with faint hair cracks, as usual, and lacking seconds hand, otherwise complete and in fine original condition. Not cleaned by me but will tick when wound.