Thos BLUNDELL, Liverpool. No 224


Rare Massey-type 5 lever watch, engraved for its original owner.

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Good silver barrel-edge case hallmarked Chester 1824, casemaker E.M (probably Edward Maddock II, Liverpool). Typical Lancashire full-plate fusee movement with reverse train (Liverpool runner), the barrel-bar with elaborate set-up and the cap nicely engraved for its first owner: G M WALTHEW. Massey type-5 detached lever escapement with unmolested banking pins and pallets probably with draw. 3-arm brass balance with poising screws, spiral balance-spring. One-piece cream enamel dial, with gold hands that look to be original. 53 mm diameter.

Thomas Blundell, 103 Great George St, Liverpool, watch manufacturer, with a large business in America. In the 1871 Census it is recorded that he employed no less than twenty men and a boy, this watch being an early example of the firm's work.

After its invention by Thomas Mudge around 1750, Edward Massey was the first watch escapement manufacturer to Patent various forms of the detached lever escapement, in 1812 and later. Massey devised four different rollers. Of the different forms, as first designated by Alan Treherne, types-1 and -5 are the earliest and most difficult to find, types-2 and particularly -3 being the most common. NB. Type-4 refers to a very rare seconds-beating escapement, usually with a type-3 roller. 

See also the now rare 1977 booklet on The Massey Family produced by Alan Treherne, copies of which I try always to have on my website. The AHS event at Keel University in May last year also provided some important new details regarding the work of Massey, a few of his Liverpool colleagues, and South Lancashire watchmaking in general. I trust the material is published at some point - my contribution can be read in the 'Horological Index' on this website

In fine original condition, being one of the cleanest examples of a now rare type-5 Massey I have handled, but the dial with numerous cracks and priced accordingly. Not cleaned by me but will tick happily when wound. Full and proper servicing can be arranged if wanted.