E.S (Edward SCARISBRICK), Prescot, and F B ADAMS, London


Rare partially finished rough movement complete with dial, circa 1880.

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Fullplate fusee movement ready to be 'scaped and finished, the hollow-back pillar plate stamped E.S and with its Liverpool size 16 x 0 and also bearing what I believe to be Adams serial number 79085. Complete with its balance cock and partially jewelled, but no train or barrel-bar. Fitted with its 3-footed enamel dial signed for F B ADAMS & SONS which remains in perfect condition. Movement 44.5 mm diameter.

Edward Scarisbrick, Prescot, one of the better known rough movement manufacturers, for which this part of Lancashire was justly famous.

Francis Bryant Adams, from a well known family of watchmakers, and one time partner with George Moore. Based at the heart of Clerkenwell, London’s watchmaking centre, with a deserved reputation for his export of fine watches to America. The number on the frame indicates that this is a very late production and is probably from the unfinished stock when the firm closed down.

An interesting and rare document regarding the English practice of making fusee watches, no watch collection complete without such an unfinished example. NB: English watch manufacturing was split into at least forty separate specialist trades at this time, around 50% who were involved in the manufacture of rough movements, which the Swiss/French called an ebauche. It is easy to see how much work was still needed at this point, but also to see how wonderfully good and crisp was the work of these pre-eminent Prescot specialists.

In good original condition, and rare in this state with its dial.