ERRINGTON, Coventry. No 24729, for J G GRAVES, Sheffield


Double PATENT movement by this interesting manufacturer, circa 1895.

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Fullplate keyless movement the frame stamped ‘18755 / PAT / 22674,’ the cap stamped 'C.H.E PAT' and numbered as the movement. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Un-cut bimetallic balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Enamel dial signed for the retailer in red, gilt hands. 43 mm diameter, 11.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Charles Hutton Errington, Coventry, Patent No 18,766, October 1892 – barrel ratchet. I cannot find Patent No 22,674 in Class 139 of the English Patents but it will almost certainly relate to the novel way of locking the cap via a circular bolt. Later bought by H Williamson, the firm of Errington was one of the first successful machine-made watch manufacturers in the UK and deserve to be far better known than they are today.

John George Graves, born 1866, apprenticed as a watchmaker in Sheffield, founder of one of the most energetic retailers of machine-made English watches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a pioneer of mail order marketing, and operating from no less than twenty-eight premises by 1903. He was the main customer of the Lancashire Watch Company, but also purchased from others, such as Errington.

Cracked and chipped dial (they will be interchangeable) and the roller lacking its impulse pin. Otherwise an interesting movement in good condition. Not working.