POOLE, London. No 727


Fine English half-quarter repeating duplex movement, circa 1825.

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Slim, for the period, fullplate fusee movement with cap jewels on balance and escape, the fine quality English repeat work nicely black polished and complete with its two blued-steel gongs. Duplex (frictional rest) escapement complete with intact ruby roller. Unusually slim compensation balance with screws of the necessary proportions, spiral balance-spring. 46 mm diameter, 10.5 mm deep, not including dial (missing) or centre arbor.

I am not sure which Poole sold this watch but it is the best London quality of the period and the relatively early Pennington-type balance with screws is among the earliest, if not the earliest I know to have been finished so thinly in height, as necessitated by the slim movement with its low cock table. There are no signs at all that it is a later replacement and I believe the balance, balance-spring and its gallows stud to be original.

Lacking dial, hands and motion work, and the movement with one long scratch, otherwise complete and looking to be in lovely original condition, possibly only recently having had its case and dial scrapped, sadly. Not cleaned by me and not willing to tick or to repeat, but giving every sign of doing so when freshly cleaned and oiled. That said, sold as not working.