Gold engine-turned case hallmarked Chester 1881, sponsor’s mark SQ (Samuel Quilliam, Liverpool). Capped fullplate fusee movement jewelled on the balance (diamond) and 4th, the cap stamped ‘P’ and numbered 23089 on the pillar-plate and the cap, the 10-size frame stamped W.B (probably William Brown, Prescot) and QUILLIAM. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Gold balance beating 1/3rd of a second, spiral balance-spring. Gold engine-turned dial with three-colour gold floral decoration at the centre, blued-steel hands. 44 mm diameter.
Thomas Yates, 159 Friargate, Preston, Lancashire, Patent No 11443, November 1846 – see the articles by Roger Carrington in Antiquarian Horology June 1975 and December 1984 for more information about this most interesting maker of slow-beating lever watches.
NB: Most if not all examples were made and supplied to Yates by Samuel Quilliam, a Liverpool based watchmaker.
In very fine condition, just noting only slight signs of its age throughout. Serviced and guaranteed.