Rare early series II movement, circa 1861.
18-size 15-jewel split-plate movement, the barrel-bar engraved with the date of Reed's Patent: Nov 24, 1857. Ratchet-tooth detached lever escapement, the lever with a single Lange-type banking pin mounted on one pallet operating in a hole in the pillar-plate. Gold balance, spiral balance-spring. Good two-piece signed enamel dial, blued-steel hands. In later double back nickel case numbered 18029. 52.5 mm diameter.
E Howard & Co, famous manufacturer of European-style hand-finished watches in America.
NB: This rates two stars and a price of around $800 in my old copy of the Cooksey Shugart Price Guide. One of the last of the Edward Howard movements from the Wing collection, some of which have been recently sold at Jones & Horan. I shall be posting the remaining few on eBay over the next few days and they include a rare and very early example - details will also be viewable on my website. All will be offered at a low start, with no reserve...
Hands look to be replaced, otherwise this movement has survived in very good original condition, the lovely dial with just have a small hair crack at the edge between I and II. Not cleaned by me but will tick happily when wound.
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