Hyam BARNETT, Glocester [Gloucester]. No 5098


Good decorative verge movement, with unusual stamp, circa 1820.

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Fullplate fusee movement, the nicely engraved cock sporting a squirrel at the neck instead of the usual grotesque mask, the pillar-plate chamfered to accept what was no doubt originally a convex enamel dial, now lacking. Verge (recoil) escapement jewelled on the balance, with diamond endstone. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. 43.5 mm diameter, 12 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Hyam Barnett, Gloucester, noted in Loomes.

NB: As well as the decorative emblem of a squirrel on the cock, this movement also bears the miniature cameo stamp 'A.L.' on the top plate, which I have pointed to in one of the images. I have seen very few of such miniature stamps and its use here should prove to be of added interest if/when identified.

Lacking dial, motion work and cap, and top pivot of balance broken. Otherwise complete and certainly interesting, even though not working.