£ 195.00

Rare Patent going-barrel watch.

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Barrel-edge silver case hallmarked 1882, casemaker JF (John Fleckner, Coventry) Capped fullplate keywound movement with patent barrel-bar, the 16-size hollow-back Lancashire frame stamped J.W (Wycherley). Single-roller detached lever escapement. Enamel dial, gilt hands. 52 mm diameter.

E Wright, PATENT No 889, February 1880: Barrels and barrel ratchets, for preventing overwinding. As previously sold in my 2001 Postal Auction Catalogue No 4, lot 172.

Joseph Wycherley, along with Joseph Preston, one of the best Liverpool manufacturers of rough movements used by the best London, Coventry and Liverpool watch finishers.

Hair cracks into seconds bit, as usual, otherwise a very rare example of this unusual English Patent - I have not seen another. Serviced for its previous owner and looks to be working well.