Robt ROSKELL 'Patent Repeater' Liverpool. No 10078


Very rare Berrollas repeating watch, ex Time Museum.

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Heavy gold barrel-edge case hallmarked Chester 1813, casemaker TH (probably Thomas Helsby, Vauxhall Rd, Liverpool). Typical and unusual fullplate fusee movement with large barrel-bar extending over the fusee, the manually operated repeat work mounted under the dial - see pic from a similar Roskell watch No 10079. Graham-type cylinder escapement with steel escape. Flat steel balance, spiral balance-spring with compensation-curb mounted on the index. Later (circa 1850) enamel dial with seconds at 6, gold hands. 53 mm diameter deep.

Robert Roskell, at this time in Woolton, famous Liverpool watch, clock and chronometer maker, one of the most influential of Lancashire watch manufacturers who also retailed the work of others, such as Berrollas.

Joseph Anthony Berrollas, Patent No 3174, October 1808. "Infallible repeating watches," the pendant being turned to the right, it operates the hour rack; being turned back to the left, it operates the quarter rack. A most inventive and underrated watchmaker, holder of four patents. See also Roskell, No 10030, shown in The Camerer Cuss Book of Antique Watches, plate (item) 132, and Roskell movement No 10079, details of which are in the Archive section on my website.

The late Seth Atwood, creator of a wonderful collection, most of which was on show as The Time Museum that was for many years housed at the Clock Tower Motel in Rockford, Illinois, USA. This watch was sold in the 'Masterpieces from The Time Museum, Part Four, Vol III' auction at Sothebys New York in October 2004, lot 932.

Dial with very faint hair crack and mismatched hands. Otherwise in good original condition and the repeat work operating properly. Cleaned for its previous owner and appears to be working well, but can be freshly serviced if wanted.