Charles FRODSHAM 'AD Fmsz' 84 Strand, London. No 04097


Free-sprung highly jewelled fusee movement, circa 1870, in silver-gilt display case.

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Half plate reverse fusee movement jewelled to the fusee with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever, escape and, most unusually, on the 4th wheel as well - 24 or 25 in total. Double-roller detached lever escapement, the roller mounted upside down to normal, as is occasionally found. Top quality compensation balance with quarter nuts, free-sprung blued-steel balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, with original matching blued-steel hands. In purpose made silver-gilt case with glazed snap on bezels front and back, and flat 'dog collar' band. 50.5 mm diameter.

Charles Frodsham (1810-1871) the most famous of the Frodsham family of clock and watch makers, began to also sign some of his watches AD Fmsz. This code stands for the date 1850, signifying, it is thought, his new caliper of watch designed in that year. See also the book on the various Frodsham firms by Vaudrey Mercer. NB. Not all such 'Ad Fmsz' watches are of the firms best quality, as often inaccurately stated, but this movement clearly is.

From the collection of the late Bradley Ross. A fine Frodsham movement in lovely original condition, complete with all hands, and unusual for being quite so highly jewelled. Not cleaned by me but winding and running well - it can be freshly serviced if wanted.