Good rack-lever by this famous Liverpool firm.
Silver pair case hallmarked Chester 1814, casemaker EM (probably Edward Maddock, Liverpool), the outer with contemporary watchpaper. Capped fullplate movement with adjustable slide for the lever arbor and 3-wheel train, the typically heavily engraved cock signed PATENT. Rack-lever (dead-beat) escapement, the large escape wheel with 30 teeth - see my illustration. Steel balance, original 6-turn blued-steel spiral balance-spring. Original enamel dial with typical high gloss finish and decorative 1/4 hour marks, gold hands. 56 mm diameter.
Robert Roskell, along with Peter Litherland, Liverpool's most famous manufacturer of top quality rack-lever watches. NB. Since first invented in 1791, such watches were offered with both 3 and 4-wheel trains, the former usually without seconds indication as the large escape wheel meant a seconds hand revolving four times a minute.
Dial with some minor blemishes (original), minute hand possibly replaced and the glass showing some light scratches - it may well be the original which is why I have not changed it. Otherwise in fine original condition, a very good example of its kind. Serviced and guaranteed.
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