Good 'half-chronometer' fusee movement with up/down by this famous firm, circa 1885.
Large, 18-size, third-series half-plate movement (openface set) with raised engraved barrel, jewelled to the 4th with hard brass setting on centre and fusee, and cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, and with Barraud's 'Reliable' fusee keyless work, having pin setting for both hands and winding, allowing the pendant to revolve freely in the pocket. Double-roller detached lever escapement, the lever with gold dart held by screw and steady pin. Compensation balance "adjusted to all positions and for all temperatures," balance-spring with double overcoil. Lovely off-white enamel dial with state-of-wind indication by WILLIS in perfect condition, original blued-steel hands. 46 mm diameter, 10 mm deep not including centre arbor.
Paul Philip Barraud and John Richard Lund, one of the leading London watch and chronometer manufacturers throughout the 19th century. See the book on Barraud and its Supplement by Cedric Jagger for extensive details of this important London firm, and also my reprint of their Illustrated Price List of circa 1895 which gives details of this calibre of watch: openface cased 'half-chronometer' watches of this largest 'A' size cost around £70 in 1895 and are stated to have performed with an error of under a minute a year in many instances.
NB: The term 'half-chronometer' was usually used by the better makers in the second half of the 19th century to mean that the balance had been properly timed and adjusted in positions, but it soon became a general and often misused marketing term. This movement is certainly the former.
One of my most favourite late 19th century English watch calipers, of great quality and style. Lacking seconds and up/down hands, some light scratching on top plate and with a broken staff pivot. Otherwise in good original condition, especially the dial. Not working.
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