John THWAITES, REED & Co, London. No 9035


An unrecorded variation of this famous firm's name, circa 1835.

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Fullplate fusee movement with cap jewels on lever and balance (lacking), with rim cap. Single-roller detached lever escapement. One piece enamel dial with offset seconds and 'railway line' minute track. 44 mm diameter, 11.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Ainsworth and John Thwaites, later Thwaites & Reed, the most important London supplier of spring clocks in the second half of the 18th and early 19th centuries, most of their output bearing a great variety of retailers names from around the UK. John is one of the two sons of Ainsworth who became partners with George Jeremiah Reed. The firm also supplied the odd watch, but examples are rare.

Lacking hands, balance, balance-spring and jewelling, so just an interesting relic.