P NATHAN, Liverpool. No 462


Good Lancashire lever with interesting American provenance.

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Silver paircase hallmarked Chester 1825, casemaker HA (probably Hugh Adamson, Liverpool), the outer containing what I firmly believe are two watchpapers that are linked to this watch, and not the usual later additions. Typical top quality Lancashire capped fullplate fusee movement of the period. Single-roller detached lever escapement, steel balance, spiral balance-spring. One-piece cream enamel dial with seconds at 6, gold hands, plus a fine shaped original seconds hand of the type that do not generally survive. 58 mm diameter.

Philip Nathan 'Patent Lever Watch Maker' 25 Castle Street, Liverpool. 

NB: This watch retains an original Nathan watchpaper that probably accompanied the watch when it was exported to the USA for sale or, perhaps more likely, was in the watch when purchased, in Liverpool, by its first owner. Luckily, the rear of the two watchpapers in this watch give the name of the owner, Capt Edmund Pike, the second of the two papers being that of a repairer, N C Greenough, working in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Captain Edmund Pike's historic house in Newburyport, purchased by him in 1851, still exists.

Edge cracks to the dial, around 3, and some minor dents in the outer case, otherwise in lovely original unrestored and unpolished condition, with the addition of a wonderful provenance - few such survive. Serviced and guaranteed.