Three-quarter plate movement ready to be completed and finished, the 8-size hollow-back (no brass-edge) pillar plate stamped W.W. Complete with its train with all arbors left long, including a going-fusee yet to be grooved. No escapement parts although it is clear from the escape cock that it was intended to be finished as a cylinder or, more likely, a duplex given the presence of a going-fusee (maintaining power). 38 mm diameter.
W.W, a rare stamp of which this is the only time I remember seeing it, and possibly standing for William Webster who is recorded as working as a watch movement maker in Prescot at this period.
NB: English watch manufacturing was split into at least forty separate specialist trades at this time, around 50% who were involved in the manufacture of rough movements, which the Swiss/French called an ebauche. It is easy to see how much work was still needed at this point, but also to see how wonderfully good and crisp was the work of these pre-eminent Lancashire based specialists.
A rare survival and a good record of a tradition long since passed, and bearing a rare movement maker’s stamp. In good original stoned condition but covered with a layer of dust associated with it being in open storage for many years. The ends of the arbors with light corrosion.