Heavy 18ct gold case with swivel bow and 5-knuckle joints hallmarked 1886, sponsor’s mark HMF (Harrison Mill Frodsham), the dome engraved for its original owner “Dr Lander Brunton MD FRS…”. Three-quarter plate keyless going-barrel movement jewelled to the centre with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape. Beautifully finished double-roller detached lever escapement, the lever of ‘tuning-fork’ design, as often associated with the best London work. Top quality compensation balance with quarter-timing nuts and free-sprung balance-spring with triple overcoil. Lovely off-white signed enamel dial by Willis, blued-steel hands probably by Hood. 51 mm diameter and weighing 140 grams gross. Together with its maker’s velvet and silk lined box.
Charles Frodsham (1810-1871) the most famous of the Frodsham family of clock and watch makers – see the book on the various Frodsham firms by Vaudrey Mercer, copies of which are usually available on my website.
Doctor, later Sir Thomas Lander Brunton (1844-1916), a Scottish born physician of standing, pioneer in the use of amyl nitrate for the treatment of angina, Fellow of the Royal Society, etc.
The usual faint hair crack in the centre of the dial (into the seconds bit), otherwise just minor signs of age and use. The movement in particularly fine condition, the watch being photographed prior to cleaning please note, and complete with it’s maker’s box, the lid a bit warped but these boxes rarely survive. Serviced and guaranteed.