Adam BURDESS No 14015, for D GRIFFITH, Hirwaen House, Pwllheli


Good quality keywound watch with state-of-wind indication.

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Heavy silver crystal case with gold joints hallmarked Chester 1887, case stamped R.H (possibly Robert Harrison, Clerkenwell)) and IH (probably John Hammon, Clerkenwell). Capped fullplate fusee movement jewelled to the fusee, with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, the 14-size frame stamped JW (Wycherley). Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Signed cream enamel dial with up/down at 12 and seconds at 6, gilt hands. 52.5 mm diameter, weighing 146 grams gross.

David Griffith, retailer, recorded by Loomes as working in Wales between 1887 and 1895.

NB: Given the design, serial number and casemaker, this Coventry made watch is almost certainly the work of Adam Burdess who were based in Dover Street, Holyhead Road, Coventry. Now mostly known for their keyless Patent watches, this firm supplied a great deal of watches (patent and non-patent) to country retailers such as Griffith, this being amongst the best finished I have seen.

Joseph Wycherley, along with Joseph Preston, one of the best Liverpool manufacturers of rough movements used by the best London, Coventry and Liverpool watch finishers.

Faint hair crack into the seconds bit at 6 (as so commonly found), and a few marks to the gilding and the case. Otherwise a fine example showing few signs of age or use, the covers and bow still tight. Serviced and guaranteed, and supplied with a correctly fitting key if wanted. I also have a suitable silver chain, both in style and weight, if required.