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Coventry Cooperative Watch Manufacturing Society Ltd

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In 1876 a group of prominent, traditional Coventry watchmakers, urged on by Henry Gannay, set up a cooperative to combat the  growing competition from America and Switzerland, with a trademark registered in November of that year, being a Maltese Cross  with the monogram CCWMS entwined. The majority of movement frames were supplied to them by John Wycherley which would  indicate a company finishing watch movements rather than making them from scratch. In 1890 Gannay reported that the group still  hadn’t taken up on his ideas for machine manufacturing but they were now accumulating capital to invest. Five years later and no  progress seemed to have been made at which point Gannay suggested that with a little more investment the group could rival  Waltham, although this didn’t materialise and the cooperative seems to have faded away, especially with the growing influence of  both the Coventry Watch Movement Company and the Lancashire Watch Company Limited.  The full-plate movements were generally stamped with the Cooperative Maltese Cross trademark, either on the backplate or balance  cock, and had three-bar or compensating balances. All in the collection have a going barrel train with the exception of the silver  watch, 50261, as described. Bacon suggests that the top number on the movement may indicate the Coventry finisher but gives no  proof for this. Bacon states all are marked J.W although not found as yet, excepting 50261 and 4/151 which is described as  unmarked.  1 50261: A silver open-faced pocket watch, the fusee movement stamped with the trademark on the backplate, the balance cock  numbered 50261, the Swiss style escapement with Coventry two arrows mid-point mark to the index and a compensating balance,  the size 16 frame stamped J.W for Wycherley with the dust cover stamped W&A O. for the Oxley. The silver case has a repeat of the  serial number and is hallmarked for London, 1880 and is stamped with the initials J.W (cameo) for the case maker Joseph Walton, 7  Upper Charles Street, Clerkenwell, London EC. Also interesting to note the style of the trademark differs slightly, it has rounded ends  to the S rather than the pointed ends normally seen, is stamped on the backplate rather than the balance cock, and doesn’t have a  top number. 2 0/206: a going-barrel movement stamped on the backcock with the trademark, with a steel three-bar balance and traditional  Bosley regulation with the Coventry convict arrow mid-point mark to the index, with a size 14 Wycherley frame, a white enamel dial  and a dust cap stamped W & A O. for Oxley. 3 2/268: a going-barrel movement stamped on the backcock with the trademark, with a steel three-bar balance and traditional  Bosley regulation with the Coventry convict arrow mid-point mark to the index, with a Wycherley frame, a white enamel dial and dust  ring. (Illustrated in Watches, plate 53 as below)  4 4/151: a going-barrel movement stamped on the backcock with the trademark, with a split bi-metallic compensating balance and  traditional Bosley regulation with the Coventry convict arrow mid-point mark to the index, with a size 18 Wycherley frame.   Click on Image to Enlarge
3  2/268 New Image
1  50261 Movement
2  0/206
3  2/268 plate from Watches
4  4/151 
1  50261