J.P (Joseph Preston), Prescot, Liverpool


Rare rough movement in its tin, complete with train, circa 1890.

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Three-quarter plate keyless going-barrel movement ready to be 'scaped and finished, the hollow-back pillar plate stamped J.P and with its Liverpool size 12 0/2. In tin box complete with most of the steel work but no escapement parts present all the train having extended arbors, all pivot holes drilled oversize in the plates. Movement 41 mm diameter.

Joseph Preston, Prescot, the most famous of Liverpool watch rough movement manufacturers, supplier to all the best English finishers and retailers of his day. See also the articles by Charles Aked on the Preston firm in Antiquarian Horology, Autumn 1989, page 298 and on the importance of Lancashire watchmaking by Alan Treherne in Antiquarian Horology, June 2009, page 457

NB: This one one of the last of the Preston movements that I have collected over years and although they may appear as relatively common due to my selling the collection, in reality they are anything but, especially complete and boxed in this way.

A real piece of horological history in very good original condition, much cleaner than most such rough movements that survive.