A near mint and very rare and very fine solid silver English, chain fusee Massey 2 crank-lever pocket watch made/finished in London in the early-19th century. The movement ticking away very strongly and keeps good time, and just cleaned and overhaul by my watch-maker. The watch made by the maker Dorrington of London and most unusually fully jewelled through the train with large "Liverpool Windows" and with 19 jewels, so a rare hi-grade pocket watch capable of keeping very good time .
THE DIAL: 90% mint, the solid silver dial with raised yellow gold Roman numerals, and a separate minute track to outside of dial and small minute markers. The dial in crisp condition, with no marks and pretty engraved pattern to centre and raised dot border. The dial diameter of 51 mm, and with original blue steel spade hands. The dial with typical very large and recessed early seconds subsidary dial and large bold outer chapter ring. The glass is in fine condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with finely mercurial gilded full plate and engraved balance cock foot. The balance cock nicely engraved and with a substantial diamond end-stone. A shiny blued steel Bosley regulator, and endstone setting, blue steel screws. A rare uncut three arm 9k gold balance, with flat hairspring and jewelled to the balance staff. The watch a typical Massey crank lever with jewel held between two steel plates as shown below. The escapement in very good condition. The movement with lots of nice features such as an extended fusee ratchet spring, and Harrison's maintaining power and large Liverpool "Windows" jewels to the pallets, escape wheel and 3rd wheel and through the train to the fusee arbor. The watch typical of very high-grade watches of the period with 19 jewels. On the movement top plate it is numbered, 91046 and signed by the maker, Dorrington of London. The watch most likely originated as an ebauche from Liverpool, which was finished and signed in London . The watch is key-wound, and set through the back and comes with a key. The movement with original gilt dust cover which closes tight onto the movement. The movement overhaul in superb order showing very little wear and excellent gilding to the plates and dust cover.
THE CASE: 100% mint, the very substantial and original solid silver case measures an impressive 53 mm outside diameter. The hinges are excellent with the case covers all closing tightly, and the bow is original to the case. The watch case with London hall marks and sterling stamps and case number of 91046. This is a very good quality case, with a shield and garter to rear cover and with a finely ribbed case band. The case with the silver sponsor mark of "JW" for John Wells of Spon End, Coventry. The top pendant and bow also in fine condition and pretty engraving to inner dust cover winding hole. The rear cover pops open when the top pendant button is firmly depressed and the rear hinge nice and tight. The inside of the dust cuvette with a very impressive list of watch-repairers who have cleaned and overhauled this watch from before 1900 through to 1945.