English silver fusee by Preston, Liverpool with American paper c1839

English silver fusee by Preston, Liverpool with American paper c1839

Code: 4.132

£395.00 Approx $497.48, €461.45, ¥3590.91

This is an English silver pocket watch which has clear hallmarks for Chester 1839

When the American watchmaking industry was in its infancy, most pocket watches imported to the Americas were from Liverpool and this is one of these watches. The watch comes with an American watch paper which ties it into the history of the watch in the 1830s

The watch has been cleaned and serviced and keeps excellent time for a watch of this age.

However this is an English silver pocket watch with a fusee chain driven movement. These types of movements are extremely fragile and it is very easy to break the fusee chain if you have never handled one of these watches before and so consequently we do not cover this costly repair in the warranty.

Movement – the gilt full plate fusee movement has a lever escapement with a watch cock and tops placte decorated with carved flowers and signed Patent. The movement also has a three arm steel balance and a diamond endstone set in blue steel. The movement is signed “John Preston, Liverpool, 2069”. The movement is in 95% mint condition – a lovely example.

The movement has a working stop start lever

The movement has its original gilt dust cap.

Case – the movement comes in an English silver open face case, which has a hinged back and bezel. The watch is wound from the back, set from the front and the movement is accessed from the front also.

The case is decorated with coin edged sides and gold hinges. The rest of the case has a smooth plain finish and is in 90% mint condition – small marks only

Inside the back cover is an American watch paper from Chapman & Gale, Norfolk, VA. 

Dial – the off white enamel dial has an unsual white enamel sub seconds with border and a full set of gilt hands. The dial is in 85% mint condition – two hairlines which are almost invisible as they haven’t broken through the final layer of enamel. However when you tilt the watch and let the light catch the dial, you will see them under a loupe

The watch has a mineral glass

The watch measures 53mm wide x 19mm deep

The watch is key wound / key set and comes with an old key