Unusual Massey-2 watch by this famous maker, in lovely case.
Silver and 18ct gold case with barrel edge hallmarked Chester 1824, casemaker EJ (a known mark in Liverpool watches of the period, though not identified by me - possibly Edward Jones, Liverpool). Rare transitional three-quarter plate movement, the engraved cock table with its diamond endstone showing through the sprung cap. Massey type-2 detached lever escapement. Gold balance, spiral balance-spring. Signed one-piece cream enamel dial, gold hands. 50 mm diameter.
Robert Roskell, at this time in Woolton, famous Liverpool watch, clock and chronometer maker, one of the most influential of Lancashire watch manufacturers. NB: This exact watch is shown in the Camerer Cuss book of Antique Watches, page 194, and see also the similar Liverpool made watch retailed by Richard Webster shown in Clutton & Daniels Watches, item 256.
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. Type-4 is a seconds beating-variant, usually fitted with a type-3 roller, and is very rare. Good clean examples of type-2 are now difficult to find.
The case band showing some wear and the dial with the usual, but almost invisible, hair crack. Otherwise a fine and unusual Liverpool watch in very good original condition. Cleaned for its previous owner and running well, but can be freshly serviced if wanted - likely cost around £150.
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