Unusual rough movement - English work


£ 145.00

Rare verge movement with sprung dome, circa 1810.

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English movement with Lepine-type brass-edge and integral dome, usually engraved with a horse (wind) and hands (set) when finished. Frame, brass-edge and dome, centre wheel and hand setting arbor, no other train or escapement parts. 49.5 mm diameter.

NB: English watch manufacturing was split into at least forty separate specialist trades at this time, around 50% who were involved in the manufacture of rough movements, which the Swiss/French call an ebauche. It is from rare items like this, rather than the complete, frosted and gilded watches, that one can fully appreciate how wonderfully good and crisp was the work of these specialists.

A rare and relatively early survival, of which I cannot remember seeing another.