C H ERRINGTON, Coventry, No 20721, and James REID & Co


Unusual machine-made watch by these most interesting but now little known Coventry firms.

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Silver case hallmarked Birmingham 1896, casemaker CH (probably either Charles Harrold in Birmingham or Charles Harris in Coventry). Unusual fullplate movement with dummy barrel, allowing winding as for a fusee, the cap with circular latch and stamped inside CHE PAT 038. Single-roller detached lever escapement with ratchet toothed escape. Compensation balance (uncut), spiral balance-spring with index acting through the cock table. Signed enamel dial giving the date of their establishment as 1879, gilt hands. 51. 5 mm diameter.

The firm of Charles Hutton Errington, Coventry, one of the pioneers of English machine-made watches, purchased by H Williamson Ltd in 1895. This movement was presumably part of the existing stock that Williamson sold off at the time of purchase.

NB: C H Errington took out numerous patents but I can find none that relates to the cap, index or indeed any part of this watch and it is probable that despite the stamp no patent was ever taken out.

James Reid & Co, watch manufacturers, with their relatively recent date of establishment stated on the dial. Operating from The Limes, Chester Street, Coventry, they mostly traded as James Reid & Brothers. They specialised in watches made with steam driven machinery.

The case showing the usual wear to the engine-turning, but not bad, and the dial with a hair crack into the seconds bit at 6. Otherwise in pretty good original condition. Serviced for its previous owner and is running well.