18ct gold crystal (flat glass) case hallmarked 1916, casemaker H.B (Henry Bamford, Clerkenwell), the rear cover retaining holes for key winding and setting at this date – this is original. 14-size three-quarter plate keyless fusee movement, with Barrauds “best fusee keyless work” having twin pushes for winding and hand setting, as shown in B&L’s Illustrated Price List. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance with spiral balance spring. Signed enamel dial, gold hands. 48 mm diameter.
Paul Philip Barraud and John Richard Lund, one of the leading London watch and chronometer manufacturers throughout the 19th century. See the book on Barraud and its Supplement by Cedric Jagger for extensive details of this important London firm, and also my reprint of their Illustrated Price List of circa 1900, copies of which are available on this website – this “best”caliper of watch, shown on page 11, cost 57 guineas at the time.
Small hairline cracks in dial, near 12, and general signs of use, otherwise a fine and relatively early example of this classic English pocket watch. In good original condition, the case with no previous dedication or engraving. Serviced and guaranteed.