Thos DEAN, London. No 612


£ 345.00

Good London finished rack-lever movement, circa 1925, nicely re-cased.

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Large Lancashire supplied fullplate fusee movement nicely finished and engraved in London, with PATENT on the cap. Rack-lever (dead beat) escapement as invented by Peter Litherland, the lever arbor running in slides. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely convex enamel dial with 'tumbling' radial Arabic hour numerals, blued-steel hands. Now nicely re-housed in contemporary silver pair case of the appropriate size and date. 57.5 mm diameter.

Thomas Dean, then in St Swithin's Lane, made Free of the Clockmakers Company in 1819.

Peter Litherland, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. PATENT No 1889, June 1792. A form of non-detached lever escapement that was successful not only for him and his partners but also gave rise to what soon became a burgeoning Liverpool watchmaking industry with large exports to America.

Some edge repairs to the dial at 6 and 12, and a replaced minute hand, otherwise the movement (and case) in good original condition. I don't normally offer movements that have been married to cases but this has been done so well it has helped save it. Not serviced by me but will tick happily when wound - re-cased, but priced accordingly.