Rare non-magnetic free-sprung movement by this interesting manufacturer, circa 1900.
14-size hollow back Lancashire supplied half-plate keyless movement (hunter set) jewelled to the 3rd, with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape. Single-roller detached lever escapement, with gold (not tested) lever and roller. Non-ferrous compensation balance and balance-spring, the latter free-sprung with overcoil. Signed, double-sunk enamel dial in perfect condition, original gold hands. 43 mm diameter, 8.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
Edward F Ashley (1835-1908), a well respected Clerkenwell watch manufacturer who is said to have personally overseen the manufacture of all his watches and to have sprung them himself, some heading the Deck Watch Trials at Greenwich and Kew.
Broken top balance pivot, otherwise in good clean and original condition. Not working.
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