Thomas RUSSELL, Liverpool. No 39864, for R R PAGE, St John N.B.


£ 795.00

Good Liverpool watch with up/down, retailed in New Brunswick, Canada.

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Slim barrel-edge double-back silver crystal case hallmarked Chester 1864, sponsor's stamp TR (Thomas Russell). Nicely finished keywound three-quarter plate fusee movement jewelled to the 4th (13 in total). Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Signed cream enamel dial in perfect condition, with state-of-wind indication at 12, blued-steel hands. 49.5 mm diameter, only 12.5 mm deep, including glass.

Thomas Russell, one of the largest and most important Liverpool watch manufacturers of the period, with an interesting and convoluted history which is still to be properly recorded. NB: Judging by the paucity of examples, Russell seem to have operated as a wholesale manufacturer in their early days with very few watches sold bearing their own name, this example being no exception.

Richard R Page, St John, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia [New Scotland], retailers.

Minor signs of use and age, but a very nice watch in the hand and to wear. It is both an early example of a crystal (flat glass) case, as well as looking, to me at least, to be the type of watch that the Waltham Watch Company was trying to emulate with their funding of the new three-quarter plate models at the Nashua Watch Company in the early 1860's. Presently being freshly serviced, and sold with my usual guarantee.