Hugh GARRAT, Ormskirk. No 305


Rare Lancashire dead-beat watch, in fine original condition.

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Silver paircase with tall pendant, the outer with contemporary watchpaper, hallmarked Chester 1795 with a full set of marks, including the duty stamp, casemaker I.B (probably James Barton & Co, Liverpool). Fullplate movement with going-barrel, the mainspring within a barrel, not 'exposed' as is often the case with the cheaper finished movements, the Swiss/French style balance-bridge mounted with a steel coquerette. Ormskirk (Sully-type) escapement with single verge-type escape wheel acting on twin pallets. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Enamel dial with upright Arabic hour numerals in lovely condition, with matching pierced gold 'Liverpool' hands. 53.5 mm diameter.

Hugh Garrat, Ormskirk, north of Liverpool. One of the makers associated with these unusual watches of which various different arrangements of escape wheel/s and pallet/s are known. NB: These Lancashire deadbeat watches were the first to be finished in a style that did not follow London work, and were the start of the burgeoning Liverpool watch making industry - my recent AHS (Keele University) Paper on the subject, a copy of which is in my website glossary, provides more background.

Rear of case with lightly engraved JH monogram (no doubt the original owner) and a few light scratches to the enamel dial, otherwise in lovely original condition - one of the best I have seen, and a less common variant of these rare Lancashire watches. Serviced and guaranteed.