Unusual fullplate fusee movement with large barrel-bar extending over the fusee, the manually operated repeat work mounted under the dial, but now lacking. Rack lever escapement with 30-tooth escape. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. One-piece enamel dial with old collection label. 51 mm diameter, 16 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
Robert Roskell, at this time in Woolton, famous Liverpool watch, clock and chronometer maker, one of the most influential of Lancashire watch manufacturers who also retailed the work of others, such as Berrollas.
Joseph Anthony Berrollas, Patent No 3174, October 1808. “Infallible repeating watches,” the pendant being turned to the right operates on the hour rack; being turned back to the left it operates the quarter rack. Berrollas, a most inventive and underrated watchmaker, holder of four patents. See also Robt Roskell, No 10030, shown in The Camerer Cuss Book of Antique Watches, plate (item) 132.
The going train complete and it looks as though it would tick if put in beat, but the repeating work all lacking. A relic, and priced accordingly, but still most interesting and rare.