BARWISE, London. No 7031


Good late Georgian quarter-repeating movement, circa 1820. 

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Fullplate fusee movement, with the cock foot invading the barrel-bar, a common design feature of the period, with quarter-repeat work mounted under the dial. Duplex (frictional rest) escapement retaining the jewelled roller. Gilt brass balance, spiral balance-spring. Gold hand. 46.5 mm diameter, 13 mm deep, not including centre arbor or dial.

John Barwise, born Cumbria, a most energetic and influential London retailer, founder of this famous London firm that was continued by his sons Weston and John, sellers of many fine and interesting watches.  See also the article on the firm by David Thompson in the Autumn 1998 issue of Antiquarian Horology. 

See also Francis Wadsworth, ‘A History of Repeating Watches’ article in Antiquarian Horology, 1964-65, still the best concise information on this most interesting subject.

Lacking dial and it has suffered damp at some time with consequent rust. This has affected one hammer and the gongs, the endstone mounting, the cannon pinion as well as some slight signs on the repeat work. It has not affected the train or the balance-spring as far as I can see and, with some care, should clean up well. Otherwise in good but dirty condition, the balance swinging freely. In this state I am loathe to put too much pressure on the train prior to cleaning so it is being sold as not working, and priced accordingly.