Most unusual chronometer movement by this enigmatic maker, circa 1795.
Slim capped fullplate fusee movement with Taylor's usual continental-type regulator dial, having a gold hand moving against a fixed disc (arc), this time in silver rather than his usual enamel, the cap signed and exposing the cock table. Arnold-type chronometer escapement with the detent (lacking) let into a slot in the top plate. Steel balance and spiral balance-spring, once with a compensation-curb (lacking) fixed to the circular rack. Later one-piece enamel dial in perfect condition, fitted to the enlarged brass-edge. 47 mm diameter, 12 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
Little is known about Taylor, probably John Taylor, who was working in London during the second half of the 18th century but his name can be found on some outstanding and unusual watches. These include two early, post-Mudge levers, as well as watches with alarm, centre-seconds work, compensation-curbs, and best quality ruby cylinders. There is also a fine gold paircase of 1758 showing the equation-of-time with strong associations to Thomas Mudge. This previously unrecorded movement adds another unusual item to his impressive list.
NB: A James Taylor formed a partnership with Edward Ellicott around 1805 and one of the two Taylor levers is signed for and retailed by Ellicott, so the two Taylors may in fact be the same man. See also David Thompson's article on the Ellicotts in Antiquarian Horology, Summer 1997.
Lacking hands, detent, escape wheel, compensation-curb, etc, but still one of the more interesting 18th century chronometer movements by this maker who deserves to be better known. A relic only, although it could be restored. Incomplete, not working and priced accordingly.
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