Fine wearable keyless lever watch with single-pin adjustable banking.
Lovely slim half-hunter case with snap-on back, the cover with separate chapter held by three gold screws, hallmarked London 1885, sponsor's mark EN (Emil Nielsen). Three-quarter plate keyless movement, jewelled to the 3rd with hard brass setting at the centre and cap jewels on balance, lever and escape. Single-roller detached lever escapement, the polished steel lever with a forked tail acting with a single pin mounted on a polished steel screwhead, as sometimes used by the NN firm. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, original blued-steel hands. 50 mm diameter.
The firm of E J Dent, London, one of the leading watch, chronometer and clock makers of the period - see the book on Edward John Dent and the various Dent firms by Vaudrey Mercer.
Nicole Nielsen & Co, the leading manufactures of top class English watches during the second half of the 19th century, suppliers to Messrs Dent, Frodsham, S Smith & Son, and many other retailers - see also my reprint of their circa 1900 High-Class English Watches catalogue, copies of which are available on my website.
The watch showing hardly any signs of age or use, the bow still tight and the movement looking almost as crisp as the day it was made. A fine example of a stylish keyless London made lever from this high-Victorian period, and bearing no previous dedication or monogram. Serviced and guaranteed.
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