Anon (GOLAY) No 8966


£ 45.00

Rough movement in fine condition, circa 1890.

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Three-quarter plate keyless going-barrel frame with 'raised barrel' section on top-plate ready to be completed and finished, the hollow-back (no brass-edge) pillar-plate stamped with the number 8966. Frame only, no train, escapement of steel parts. 42.5 mm diameter.

Charles Hector Golay, 46 Myddleton Square, London, Patent No 12417, October 1885. Swiss born (the Jura) but working most of his life in London, Golay was the main manufacturer, along with Nicole, Nielsen & Co, of the best English made watch work at the latter part of the 19th century. 

N.B: English watch manufacturing was split into at least forty separate specialist trades at this time, around 50% who were involved in the manufacture of rough movements, which the Swiss/French called an ebauche. It is easy to see how much work was still needed at this point, but also to see how wonderfully good and crisp was the work of these pre-eminent Lancashire, mostly Prescot based specialists. It is not known, however, from where Golay obtained his rough movements

A rare survival and a good record of a tradition long since passed. In good original patinated condition, cleaner than most rough movements that survive.