VALE & ROTHERHAM, Liverpool. No 5434


Good Massey lever movement by this important partnership, circa 1830.

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Fullplate fusee movement jewelled to the fusee and with balance-brake, the cock engraved DETACH'D LEVER, the cap stamped T.F (Furneaux?). Massey type-3 detached lever escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. One-piece cream enamel dial. 43 mm, 10.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Vale & Rotherham, a most important partnership that predated the Coventry based firm of Rotherhams that became one of the most important suppliers of hand-made and machine-made watch movements in England. Most of their work carries the name of its retailer, so it is unusual to see examples bearing their own name. NB: The appearance of 'Liverpool' on this movement will no doubt be due to the market for Liverpool watches in America at this time - the firm also used London on their movements at times, for the same marketing reason.

Edward Massey, escapement manufacturer and Patentee of the first extensively used detached lever escapements. Catalogued in recent times by Alan Treherne, the various types have come to be called from 1 to 5. Types I and 5 are the earliest and now very difficult to find in good condition, followed by type-2 and then type-3. Type-4 is a seconds beating-variant, usually fitted with a type-3 roller, and is very rare. 

Lacking hands, dial with hair crack and all rather dirty, otherwise complete. Not cleaned by me but will just about tick if wound.