A near mint and rare solid silver, "Half-Hunter" key-wind English fusee lever pocket watch, and ticking away strongly and comes with a winding key and keeping good time. The watch signed under the dial for John Wycherley of Prescot and a rare fusee watch by this important English maker.
Lancashire Watch Company: The Lancashire Watch Company was based in Preston, at The Watch Factory, Warrington Road. The company was founded in 1880 in Prescot and was active until 1910, along the way being purchased by Thomas Peter Hewitt in 1882 who set up to compete with Rotherhams and William Ehrhardt. There is a valuable work book located at the Prescot museum, in which each watch is listed with its features, invoice date and purchaser, so it should be straightforward to obtain the full details and original cost of this watch. However this rare watch dates from the John Wycherley period, pre-1882. In the year 1866 Wycherley set up a small steam powered factory in Prescot to produce movements for the trade, with the JW mark on the dial plate. However business was not successful and he sold to T. P. Hewitt who carried on the company under the name, Wycherley, Hewitt and company, eventually being absorbed into the Lancashire Watch Company.
THE DIAL: 95% mint, the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals and in bright condition with no chips, and one faint hairline. The dial with blue steel spade hands. Diameter is 38 mm. The crystal is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with gilt plates and a Bosely regulator, and blue steel screws. An uncut three arm steel balance, with hairspring and club tooth English lever escapement. The movement overall of very good quality. The watch ticking away on my desk as I type this, and keeping very good time for a 120 year old watch. The watch with number 24565 and original gilt dust cover. The watch comes with a winding key for winding and hands set and runs the full length of the fusee chain. The watch fully stamped under the dial "JW" for J. Wycherley of Prescot and 8/0 for 8 ligne size.
THE CASE: 100% mint, the solid silver half-hunter case measures an impressive 46 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, both are hinged and close nice and tightly. The case with London hall-marks and silver sterling marks and case number 24565. The case sponsor mark of JH for John Hewitt of 9, Russel Terrace, Chapel Fields, Coventry. The case with crisp rose engine turning to both the front and rear covers. The top cover pops open when the pendant button is depressed. The inner dust cuvette with engraving around the winding hole.