Slim engine-turned gold hunter case hallmarked 1904, casemaker FT (Fred Thoms). Three-quarter plate fusee movement with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape, the frame stamped ES (Edward Scarisbrick) and G&M (Guillaume & Moore) No 2021, now with added keyless work for which Thoms occasionally advertised his services. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Enamel dial in prefect condition, blued-steel hands. 49 mm diameter. Together with its velvet and silk lined box.
Edwin Lock Moore, in business with Louis Alexander Guillaume, watch manufacturers, working in the heart of London’s watchmaking district during the third quarter of the 19th century, and possibly related to the better known chronometer maker George Moore. This now little known firm have been described by Tony Mercer as the largest London watch manufacturers of the period, and they succeeded to the business begun in 1831 by M Wymark & Son. This movement is likely to date from around 1865 and the use of the ‘Dpf’ code is not presently understood
Fred Thoms, 25 Spencer Street, Clerkenwell, considered to be the finest watch case maker of his day – this example fully justifying such a reputation. The small booklet English Clocks and Watches and their Makers, produced for the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in 1924, contains information on numerous top class firms of the day, one being F Thoms. A short description of the firms work is accompanied by details of this added specialisation offered by them, being ‘keyless boxing in’
Case with discreet ‘WSMcB’ monogram on the cover and minor signs of use throughout. Otherwise in very good condition and a perfect size and weight (115 grams) for easy wearing in a waistcoat or top jacket pocket. The box also in good condition but the catch spring not functioning. Serviced, guaranteed and priced just over scrap in order that the case does not suffer the sad fate that so many others continue to do at the hands of these modern day vandals.