Silver case hallmarked London 1873, casemaker CW (Charles Wootton, City Rd, London). Fullplate movement with going-barrel, rim cap and an engraved line in imitation of a barrel-bar, the movement bearing no stamps that I could see. Cylinder escapement with steel escape. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Enamel dial, gold hands. 52 mm diameter.
An interesting watch, well made, but with an obvious eye on cost, and about which I can find no information. John or Jonathan Woodley is not a name in any of the reference books, although he may be related to Josiah Woodley working in Kineton, Warwickshire at this time – or it could be the name of its first owner. The lack of any movement maker’s stamps or size would seem to indicate that its origins are not Liverpool, and thus Coventry becomes likely, but this is only a hunch. The watch came to me with a tag on which was written “LONGS PATENT” but I can find nothing of that name nor that match the features of this watch.
Faint hair crack in dial and the engine-turned rear cover showing wear. Otherwise complete and will tick happily when wound, but not serviced by me and priced accordingly.