Heavy gold case with florally engraved band and bezels, the covers with imitation English-Style hallmarks, including 18 under a star (cameo), and stamped DAVISON N.YORK. Fullplate fusee movement, the typical Liverpool cock engraved PATENT DETACH’D. Massey type-3 detached lever escapement. Steel, five spoke balance, spiral balance-spring. Elaborate 4-colour gold dial, blued-steel hands. 52 mm diameter and weighing nearly 115 grams gross.
Clement Davison is listed as working at 42 Fulton Street, New York from 1819-1829, as described and illustrated on page 51 of the YOUR TIME catalogue of items exhibited at the AHS event held at the much missed Prescot Museum in 2008. NB: The original cap, signed ‘Davison, Fulton St, New York’ was sadly lost during one of Alan’s many talks on Liverpool watchmaking – if anyone knows its present whereabouts, I would be most pleased to reconnect it with its movement.
Edward Massey, escapement maker, originally from Newcastle-under-Lyme, later Coventry, then Liverpool and London. Inventor and patentee, in 1814, of a detached lever escapement. The escapement is known in five forms, with four different rollers. These were first catalogued by Alan Treherne, the earliest being types-1 and -5, followed by types-2 and -3. Type-4 is a very rare seconds beating variant and is usually fitted with a type-3 roller.
In fine condition showing few signs of use, noting the missing cap, the back with small ‘TW’ monogram and additional ‘FWT’ monogram lightly engraved on the fixed dome. Not cleaned by me and nothing appears broken, but sold as not working and priced accordingly at just over its scrap gold price – I suspect a service and fresh oil is all that is needed.