Interesting gold cased machine-made lever sold by this important London firm.
Unusual 2-piece 18ct gold openface case hallmarked 1888, casemaker JW (Joseph Walton, Clerkenwell), the inside discretely engraved: "Arthur from Marian, Sept 3rd 1889." Rotherhams supplied three-quarter plate, keyless going-barrel movement. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, original blued-steel hands. 47.5 mm diameter.
Paul Philip Barraud and John Richard Lund, one of the leading London watch and chronometer manufacturers throughout the 19th century. See my reprint of their Illustrated Price List of circa 1895, copies of which are available on this website, in which this "Machine-Made" model is shown. It cost £14/14/- in 18ct when new. See also the book on Paul Philip Barraud and its Supplement by Cedric Jagger for extensive details of this important London firm, although this form of watch is not mentioned.
Joseph Walton, 7 Upper Charles St, Clerkenwell, one of a group of fine London based watch case makers of the period, and this style of 'swing-ring' case, possibly designed in an attempt to be more water resistant, may well be of Walton's design. It was later used by Rotherhams in some of their early wristwatches, circa 1900.
Some wear to the Barraud & Lunds engraved monogram on the case back (see their Illustrated Price List for details). Otherwise a fine, interesting and I believe rare example of Rotherhams and Walton's work, and Barraud & Lunds marketing. Serviced and guaranteed.
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