A near mint rare solid silver English, early 19th century highly engraved chain driven fusee Lever pocket watch, with a rare Massey I escapement made by the maker William Farnill of Rotherham and with Doctor's stop-work. The watch is very substantial, and in a 2.0 oz silver consular case, so requires a secure pocket.
The watch with several features which brings it into the rare and possibly unique category: the fine and early original steel balance staff with early style single steel pinion leaf; the movement with a rare highly engraved, albeit eccentric balance cock; most unsually for watches from this period, the dial in excellent condition. .
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the ivory colored enamel dial with fine black Roman numerals, and a separate minute track to outside of dial with no chips or hairlines large subsidary seconds dial. With gold spade hour and minute hands and large subsidary seconds dial. The original glass in very fine condition. Diameter is 47 mm.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with richly gilded full plate in wonderful condition. The rare balance cock and foot in superb condition and of a simple pattern, but beautifully engraved with leafs and similar motifs. The balance cock with a large diamond end-stone to the centre of the shiny steel three arm balance wheel. The back plate with further decoration and a blued steel Bosley regulator. The watch is keywind, and movement size is 41 mm diameter. The escapement with a very good and strong action and jewelled to this wheel. The movement signed by William Farnill of Rotherham and number 530. Pierced gilded fusee stop work with iron hinge.
The watch with fusee chain on tight to barrel and fusee cone and a good free swinging balance and the watch runs the full length of the fusee chain, keeping good time. The watch comes with a winding key for hands set and winding. The movement comes with its original gilt dust cuvette which locks on tightly to the movement.
THE CASE: 100% mint, the solid silver drum type case measures an impressive 53 mm outside diameter. The 9k gold hinged covers all closing tightly, and in fine order. The three knuckle hinge in good order. The cases with Birmingham hall-marks, case maker marks and sterling silver marks. The case maker mark of "JH". The pendant and very well made bow, in superb condition and finely engraved and decorated. The case with no pin-holes or stretch marks, to the case. The covers with fine quality raised ribbed case band. The inner dust cuvette also in very clean and good order.