English movement in rare Patent American 'convertible' case, circa 1860.
18 carat plain polished barrel-edge case that can be worn either as a full hunter or as openface with the movement in the position called a 'sidewinder' in America, the covers fully marked BALDWIN & Co, PATENT, April 13 1858, and bearing the same number as the movement. Three-quarter plate keywound fusee movement jewelled to the 3rd, with hard brass setting at the fusee. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Beautifully signed enamel dial in perfect condition, blued-steel hands. 51 mm diameter.
James Hoddell & Co, with a deserved reputation for their watches, especially American export models, with an address in the heart of London's watchmaking district but with their works at Craven Street in the Chapel Fields area of Coventry - this movement being a perfect example of the close commercial ties between England's and America's watchmakers at this time.
United States Patent 19,966 dated April 13th 1858. A watch case design by Elihu Bliss living in Newark, New Jersey, assigned to Baldwin & Co watch case makers, also in Newark. A copy of the Patent is available if wanted
NB: This is one of the most complex of watch cases, having three jointed covers, two jointed bezels, two different milled bands and a rotating bow which is used to convert the case from either hunter to openface. It is the only example known to me to have been made for an English movement. The hands are American and, given the case, they (or similar) are probably original to the watch as sold, although the present hands are most likely replacements.
A good and complete example of what is a very rare style of case and, hands possibly apart, both case and movement are in very good original condition. Serviced and guaranteed.
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