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The Massey Escapement - and Liverpool windows & runners

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Watches  1 T. Lamb, 1833: a silver open-faced pocket watch, fusee with a Massey type II lever escapement and Liverpool jewelling  through all five to fusee, a chiselled cock engraved Patent, steel three-arm balance and traditional Bosley regulation with  Lancashire arrowheads index, with stop-work to the balance, cream dial with blued steel spade hands, the silver case hallmarked  for Chester 1828, with case makers initials IH, probably John William Hammon, 25 York Street, Coventry, the dust cover stamped  RB. There is no indication of where T. Lamb worked on the watch, with a number of makers of this name recorded in Colchester,  Newcastle and Great Yarmouth. Bacon suggests the possibility that Lamb was the original owner and the number 1833 actually  the date he received it.  Anon: probable conversion from a Massey V escapement, now with a fully developed lever, with a chiselled cock, and fusee  plate, signed Patent to the cock, with a steel three-arm balance and traditional Bosley regulation with Lancashire arrowheads  index, a Liverpool runner with the lever on the ‘wrong’ side, now with the balance stop lever removed, with a cream dial and blued  steel spade hands, the silver case hallmarked for Chester 1832 with the case makers initials JH (cameo), for John Harris, Islington  Road, Clerkenwell, the back cover obviously replaced as it is hallmarked for Chester, 1849 and stamped with the case makers  initials BK, for Benjamin Kerby of Spon Street, Coventry, formerly from Clerkenwell.  Anon. 7849: a silver-gilt open-faced pocket watch ‘Liverpool runner’, fusee with a Massey type III lever escapement, with a  reversed layout and spring ratchet on top of the plate (spring missing), with a gold three-arm balance and Liverpool jewelling to the  third, with stop mechanism, plain cock with modified Bosley regulator with the silvered quadrant engraved with Lancashire  arrowheads index, the cream dial has Brequet moon hands, the silver-gilt case hallmarked for Chester 1840 with the unrecorded  case makers initials ILS. Movements  Anon: fusee with a Massey type I lever escapement, with a plain back plate, the cock with minimal decorative engraving,  fleur-de-lys halfway mark to the normal index and engraved Patent, the steel three-arm balance with a thirty-tooth escape wheel  and a sugar tong bimetallic compensating curb,   W. Mayo & Son, Manchester, 10048: fusee with Massey type III lever escapement. steel three-bar balance, traditional  Bosley regulation, with Lancashire arrowheads index. William Mayo was apprenticed to Samuel Smith on the 24th of July 1800.  William Mayo & Son are recorded working in Market Street, Manchester between 1834 and 1858.  Anon: fusee with a Massey type II with Liverpool jewelling, steel three-arm balance, traditional Bosley regulation with  Lancashire arrowheads index.  Anon. 2155: conversion from a Massey V escapement, now with hybrid lever, with Liverpool jewelling, the balance has crows  feet curved spokes with the balance cock heavily chiselled with thistle & shamrock decoration and signed Detached on the cock,  with a steel three-arm balance and traditional Bosley regulation with Lancashire arrowheads index.   Edwd. Armstrong, Plumbland, 1843: Bacon suggests this to be a conversion to lever from a Massey type IV due to the style  of lever end, now worked on; a full-plate fusee movement with steel three-arm balance, the chiselled balance cock has a globe  within the top and Detached engraved on the apron, with traditional Bosley regulation having Lancashire arrowheads index.  Edward Armstrong appears unrecorded, but there are other makers named Armstrong working in Cumbria at this period.  De La Cour, Chatham, 3245: a full-plate movement without escapement or cock, showing a Massey lever, with jewelling to  the fourth, the traditional Bosley regulation with Lancashire arrowheads index. B Delacour is recorded working in the High Street,  Chatham between 1810 and 1856.  10 20725: the remains of a three-quarter plate fusee movement showing the Massey lever.  11  Anon: the remains of a full-plate movement fusee movement with unknown Massey type, missing the hairspring and roller but  with Massey lever, with a steel three-arm balance, traditional Bosley regulation with Lancashire arrowheads index and jewelled to  the third. Liverpool Jewelling (and Runner) - Some also in Massey Section above  12  William Roberts, Liverpool: fusee with lever escapement, gold three-arm balance, finely engraved cock and barrel bridge a  Liverpool runner with exposed clickwork and jewelled to all five to the fusee, the dial signed William Roberts, Wavertree, and with  a dust cover stamped JC  (cameo). (Note: Wavertree is a suburb of Liverpool) William Roberts appears unrecorded.  13   Anon. 3842: fusee with lever escapement, gold three-arm balance, engraved cock, with traditional Bosley regulation and  jewelled to the fourth, with a dust cover stamped JAK.  Click on Image to Enlarge           
5  Mayo, Manchester
9  De La Cour, Chatham
  10  Anon, 20725
6  Anon
7  Anon 2155
2  Anon
8  Armstrong, Plumbland
 3  Anon, 7849
1  Lamb, 1833
12  Roberts, Liverpool
3  Anon, 7849
2  Anon
1  Lamb, 1833
4 Anon
13 Anon, 3842
12  Roberts Dial
5  Mayo Dial