HOWELL JAMES & Co [BARRAUD'S], London. No 8957


£ 125.00

Rare example of a re-named movement from this famous firm, circa 1815.

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20-size first-series keywound fullplate fusee movement with cap jewels on balance and escape, of typical Barraud 'plain' or 'all-brass' caliper having gilt brass balance, index and stud. Duplex (frictional rest) escapement, retaining the ruby roller, now so often missing or replaced with steel. Plain 4-arm gilt brass balance, spiral balance spring. 43 mm diameter, 12 mm deep, not including centre arbor or brass-edge.

Paul Philip Barraud and John Richard Lund, one of the leading London watch and chronometer manufacturers, of which the late Cedric Jagger produced a good history and checklist of their productions in his Book and its Supplement on the firm. Given the term 'plain' by Jagger, this caliper is in reality a sophisticated and well made design having screwed rather than pinned pillars..

Howell James & Co, Regent St, London, retailers. 

NB: Although the re-use and re-naming of working clocks and box chronometers was commonplace, the re-naming of pocket watches is far less so. I doubt that Barraud's would have been at all happy if they had found out.

Lacking brass-edge, dial, hands, hour wheel and case bolt, otherwise complete with nothing broken. Not cleaned by me and rather dirty but will just about tick when wound. Sold as needing at least cleaning and fresh oil to work properly and priced according - the intact ruby roller worth the price alone.