A near mint solid silver, key-wind English fusee lever pocket watch, and ticking away strongly and comes with a winding key and keeping good time. The watch signed to the case and with a typical ebauche by the Lancashire Watch Company of Prescot and a rare watch by this important English maker. The watch most unusally made in 1887, in the year of the 50th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Victoria. The dial with Royal coat of arms, and marked "Queens' Jubilee 1887".
Extensive details and information on the golden (50th year) jubilee of Queen Victoria are given on the web-site, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Jubilee. In 1887, the United Kingdom and the British Empire celebrated Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Victoria marked 20 June 1887—the fiftieth anniversary of her accession—with a banquet, to which fifty European kings and princes were invited. Although she could not have been aware of it, there was a plan by Irish nationalists to blow up Westminster Abbey while the Queen attended a service of thanksgiving. This assassination attempt, when it was discovered, became known as The Jubilee Plot. At the time, Victoria was an extremely popular monarch: The next day, she participated in a procession that, in the words of Mark Twain, "stretched to the limit of sight in both directions".The watch just cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker and keeping very good time for a 110 year old pocket watch.
THE DIAL: 95% mint, the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals and in bright condition with the odd tiny edge chips hidden by the dial and a few faint hairlines. The dial with gold spade hands. Diameter is 41 mm. The crystal is also in excellent condition. The dial signed for the Queens' Jubilee 1887 and with Royal coat of arms.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with gilt plates and a Bosely regulator, and blue steel screws. An uncut three arm solid 9k gold 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 23478. With the dial removed, the typical LWC non-fusee ebauche is revealed. The watch is key-wound, and set through the back and comes with a key. The movement overhaul in superb order showing little wear and excellent gilding to the plates and dust cover. The watch runs for ca. 30 hours and comes with a winding key, with the movement wound through the back cover and also the hands set. The watch is in very good working order for its age, winding smoothly and running strongly.
THE CASE: 100%, the solid silver case measures an impressive 48 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, both are hinged and close nice and tightly. The case with Chester hall-marks and silver sterling marks . The case sponsor mark of "WC" for Thomas Peter Hewitt of The Lancashire Watch Company, The Watch Factory, Warrington Road, Prescot. The rear cover pops open when the pendant button is depressed. The inner dust cuvette with engraving around the winding hole. The case with shield and garter to centre of rear cover. This is a high quality English fusee watch by a famous company, whose products are now becoming very hard to find. It is a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality.