Good late lever movement by this top London firm, circa 1890.
Three-quarter plate, pillar-less going-barrel movement with Nicole's post 1884 keyless work (hunter set), the frame also stamped with Nicole's new series number 2684. Single-roller lever escapement with Nicole's 'rat's tail' lightened lever, ie, thinned but not thin enough to provide resilient banking. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Snap-on signed enamel dial in perfect condiotion, blued-steel hands. 42.5 mm diameter, 8.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
Nicole & Capt, becoming Nicole, Nielsen & Co in 1875, were the foremost London watchmakers of the second half of the 19th century, supplying many of the finest watches to retailers such as Frodsham, Dent, Smith & Son, and many others. See my reprint of a Nicole Nielsen High-Class English Watches trade catalogue, and also my site Glossary for more information about this most important and still underrated London firm.
Hardy Brothers, Australian retailers with outlets in Sydney and Brisbane, but unusually using the London name on this movement - no doubt as an indication of quality and to help sales.
Lacking centre seconds hand, otherwise in very good, but not mint, condition, probably having it case only recently scrapped, sadly. Not cleaned by me but will tick if wound.
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