Willm MARSHALL, New Cavendish St, London. No 248


Early Savage 2-pin lever watch in good condition.

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Silver consular case (3-piece on the same joint) hallmarked London 1816, casemakers WB/CH (William Bush and Charles Hazle, Clerkenwell). Lancashire capped fullplate fusee movement with bell shaped cock, significantly not engraved PATENT. Early Savage 2-pin detached lever escapement the thin steel lever with rack-type counterpoise, the thin roller with two widely spaced steel pins, and the escapement with draw. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. One-piece cream enamel dial, gold hands. 53 mm diameter.

William Marshall, recorded working in New Cavendish Street around 1820.

George Savage invented but did not Patent his improved detached lever escapement around 1814. Working within narrower tolerances than the normal lever escapements its use was never great within the watchmaking fraternity, even though examples can be found dating up to and post 1850. Its theoretical advantages make it perhaps the finest detached escapement for general pocket wear, this being a particularly early example. The use of draw pre-dates Massey and points to Savage already having a sound theoretical and practical knowledge of the detached lever escapement by this date. NB: Though not patented, many later Savage escapement watches carried the term PATENT, a means of marketing the new 'lever' watches which Litherland, Massey and others had made so popular.

Restoration to dial edge and seconds hand a bit short, otherwise few of the usual signs of age and wear - a good early example. Not serviced by me but ticking when wound.