A near mint solid silver, key-wind English post fusee lever pocket watch, and ticking away strongly and comes with a winding key and keeping good time. The watch signed under to dial, "L.W.C. Ltd" and with a typical ebauche bythe Lancashire Watch Company of Prescot and a rare watch by this important English maker. Most unusual to find a movement so clealry signed as this one is. The watch retailed by Edwards of West Bromwich. Do note the rear cover hinge requires repair, however the rear cover clips onto the case tight, so no problems when in use. The watch just cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker and keeping very good time for a 110 year old pocket watch. This is a beautifully made English key-wound man's pocket watch, dating from ca. 1898, from the Victorian period.
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. This company made a large number of watches for English retailers in the late 19th century.
THE DIAL: 100% mint,the solid silver dial with raised yellow gold Roman numerals and in bright condition with fine decoration to the centre. The dial with blue steel spade hands. Diameter is 44 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 two arm bimetallic 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 110 year old watch. The watch with number 5603 and signed by Edwards of West Bromwich. However removing the dial reveals the true maker, where it is nicely stamped, "L.W.C. Ltd" and 18.0 size, and the LWC number of 10961. The watch comes with its original gilt metal dust cover. 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 CASE: 95% mint, the solid silver case measures an impressive 53 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, the front is hinged and close nice and tightly. The rear cover has come clean away on the central hinge tube, which is still attached to the cover. This will need to be silver-soldered back in position, but a straight forward job. The case with Chester hall-marks and silver sterling marks . The case sponsor mark of "A.E.". The inner dust cuvette with engraving around the winding hole and dedication from 17/12/1904 in West Bromwich. The rear cover with crisp engine turned engraving and shield to the centre. This is a high quality and rare English watch, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality. This watch has clearly had a sheltered life and was most likely kept just for "Sunday Best", hence its near mint and immaculate condition.