Strong and heavy silver crystal glass case with engine-turned back and barrel edge, hallmarked Chester 1902, sponsor’s mark TPH (Thomas P Hewitt). capped 20- or 22-size fullplate key-wound movement with going-barrel driving the train via a dummy barrel acting as a reversing wheel. Single-roller detached lever escapement with brass club-tooth (divided lift) escape wheel, the lever with ‘exposed’ pallets. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Cream coloured enamel dial signed IMPROVED PATENT ENGLISH LEVER, gilt hands. 58 mm diameter. Together with what is I believe is its original leather covered travelling case suitable for bedside use.
The Lancashire Watch Company, its factory at Prescot, on the outskirts of Liverpool, famous for its attempt to bring American style watch production into the Lancashire trade at the end of the 19th century – see the book on the company by John Platt. This model is the LWCo’s ‘New Series’ key-wound watch released in 1903, a Price List of which is shown by Platt, page 411. The caliper is described as: Key-Wind, Open Face, Full Plate Capped Bolt and Joint, Crystal. Left Wind, Extra Wheel, Sprung case. The term ‘Bolt and Joint’ refers to the traditional English way of holding the movement in its case on a pinned joint, being kept in place by a case bolt operated with a finger nail, usually at the 6-o-clock position
NB: For those interested, the factory building remains in place and is well worth a visit, as is Prescot and its few remaining signs of its once formidable watch and movement manufacturing workshops.
Maximilian Cohen Ltd, Market Building, Thomas Street, Manchester, retailers.
All in good original condition showing few signs of use, the almost mint case looking to have spent most of its time in its leather box rather than being worn. Not serviced by me, and priced accordingly, but winding and ticking well when wound.