W&JC, No 410300


£ 95.00

Unusual Lancashire rough movement in fine condition, circa 1860.

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Fullplate fusee frame ready to be completed and finished, the rare caliper of 14-size hollow-back (no brass-edge) pillar plate stamped W&JC (William & John Copple, Eccleston)). Frame only, no train or escapement parts. 43 mm diameter.

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 based specialists.

A rare survival and a good record of a tradition long since passed, and bearing a movement maker's stamp that is rarely seen. In good original stoned condition, cleaner than most rough movements that survive.