VALE & Co for JACKSON & Co, Cornhill, London. No 1079


London retailed Massey movement by this important Coventry firm, circa 1825.

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Capped fullplate fusee movement, the 16-size Lancashire frame jewelled to the 3rd with balance-brake at 7, the cap stamped TF (one of many as yet to be identified cap makers), the cock most unusually signed for the actual maker. Massey type-3 detached lever escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Signed cream enamel dial, both dial and movement bearing PATENT, gilt hands. 45 mm diameter, 11 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Jackson & Co not found but there are many London watchmakers who share this family name.

Vale & Co becoming Vale and Rotherham, later Rotherhams, one of the most important English (Coventry based) watch manufacturers and one of the first to fit Edward Massey's detached lever escapements. This movement was made during the period when the quality of Liverpool finished watches with 'Patent' lever escapements began to be recognised by and even retailed in London.

Edward Massey, Newcastle, Coventry and Liverpool, 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 least common, followed by type 2 and then type 3, the last of which is the most common. Type 4 is a seconds beating-variant, usually fitted with a type 3 roller, and is very rare.

Faint hair crack in dial, otherwise complete and will just about tick when wound. Sold as working but needing cleaning and fresh oil to work properly.