A mint and fine condition solid silver, 24-sized Goliath key-wind English fusee lever pocket watch made by James B Welch of Burslem. This watch is ticking away strongly and comes with a winding key and keeping very good time indeed and just cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker. The watch is a classic 19th century example of high grade English engineering, well looked after and no doubt good for another 100 years if well cared for.
This watch is an excellent example of high quality traditional English work with a now rather old fashioned chain fusee, made by a genuine watch-makers. English fusee watches of true goliath size with such rare large plates are very uncommon, out of every 100 fusee watches seen, less than 1% maybe a watch of this size. This example truly a collectors item and weighs a massive 207 grams. This is a beautifully made English key-wound mans substantial fusee pocket watch, dating from ca. 1875, from the Victorian period. The watch is clearly marked silver and in a consular case. The watch is in full working order and comes complete with a key for winding and presentation box.
THE DIAL: 97% mint, the ivory enamel dial with fine black Roman numerals and in bright condition, and signed to the dial centre "Improved Patent", with a fewe light hairlines; typical of the problems seen when firing such large enamel dials. The dial with gold spade hands and in very crisp and bright condition, with all wording and subsidary seconds numbers clearly visible. Diameter is 53 mm. The crystal is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with gilt full plate and a Bosely regulator, and blue steel screws. An uncut three arm solid 9k gold balance, with hairspring and lever escapement. The movement overall of good quality with ruby jewels to the balance staff, escape wheel and 3rd wheel, a very good sign of high quality English work and with 11 jewels. The watch ticking away on my desk as I type this, and keeping very good time for a 130 year old watch and just cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker. The watch with number 55103 and fully signed by James B Welch of Burslem. The watch comes with a winding key for winding and hands set. The watch comes with its original gilt dust cover in fine order. The movement clearly marked under the dial 24 for the calibre size.
THE CASE: 100%, the solid silver case measures an impressive 61 mm. The front and rear covers are good, both with solid silver hinges, these close nice and tightly. The case with London hall-marks and silver sterling marks and case number of 55103 matching that of the movement. The case with a sponsor mark of "A.G.". The case with further journey man mark of a "4", most likely for the batch number, and clearly few made.
The case with a rubbed shield and garter to the case back centre. Inside the case back is a neatly made, thick card scene of two deer and a tree. Whoever ordered this watch over 100 years ago, certainly had a deep pocket, both financially and for their waist coat. This is a very fine quality solid silver fusee watch and of jewel like quality.