Danl DESBOIS, London. No 532


£ 95.00

Good fusee movement with rare lever escapement, circa 1840.

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Slim three-quarter plate fusee movement with hard brass setting on the fusee, the 14-size Lancashire frame stamped E*S (Edward Scarisbrick). Rare 2-pin detached lever escapement, the roller set with the usual safety pin as well as two pins providing unlocking and impulse in the wider than usual notch in the lever fork. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Signed enamel dial. 43 mm diameter, only 7.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Daniel Desbois, then working with his son Daniel in Gray's Inn Passage, a good London firm that specialised in this unusual escapement. The firm was still in business until after the Second World War.

Edward Scarisbrick, Prescot, one of the better known rough movement manufacturers, for which this part of Lancashire was justly famous.

NB: The 2-pin detached lever escapement is a rare variation of the standard single-roller escapement. This is different to, and should not be confused with, the Savage 2-pin for which it is often mistaken. Nor should it be considered a 'modified Savage,' as it has often been called in the past. This rare escapement has its own place in the history of the English watch.

Dial with edge chip and lacking hands, otherwise complete and in good original condition. Not cleaned by me but will tick if wound.