GABRIEL, 24 & 25 Bishopsgate St Within, London. No 8491


Good free-sprung movement with unusual lever escapement, circa 1890.

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Three-quarter plate keyless going-barrel movement jewelled the the 3rd, with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape. Double-roller detached lever escapement with upside-down mounted roller of somewhat unusual design. Compensation balance, free-sprung balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, blued-steel hour hand only. 43 mm diameter, 8.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

William Gabriel 'watchmaker,' retailer of top and medium quality hand and machine finished watches supplied by Kullberg, Golay etc. With its pale gilding and other features, it looks to be an English finished Swiss movement, but the hollow back frame has clear Livepool size stamps - perhaps some Swiss manufacturers copied this for English orders?

Lacking minute hand, otherwise complete and in good original and unbroken condition. Not cleaned by me and obviously stained with dried up oil, it will nonetheless tick happily when wound.