Wm WYNN, Dean Street, Soho. No 2118


Rare cylinder movement retailed by this most interesting character, circa 1825.

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Fullplate fusee movement with maintenance and nicely engraved cock. Enamel dial. Cylinder (dead beat) escapement with steel cylinder and 15-tooth steel escape. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. 40.5 mm diameter, 12.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

William Wynn, initially working in Farnham before moving to London, winner of a Gold Medal and recipient of two awards from the Society of Arts (London) for improvements to turret clocks, and who had a long running verbal battle with James Harrison III in the pages of Mechanics Magazine. NB: I know of one other watch signed for him and one interesting longcase, with barometer in the arch.

From the collection of the late Vaudrey Mercer. Dial with chips and cracks, lacking hands, and very dirty. Otherwise looking to be complete and unbroken. The balance staff intact and it tries to tick, but sold as not working.