Auction gamble comes up Fusee

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    Auction gamble comes up Fusee

    There's a small auction company in a small town nowhere near where I live that allows online proxy bids; its a bit of a gamble, because you only have a couple of pictures to go by, but I've gotten lucky with them before. Today's gamble arrived, and was somewhat better then I expected. It'll be awhile before I have the time and nerve to disassemble it, but here's what I know so far.

    Hallmarks appear to be London, 1863. Maker is "PW", which I can't find a match for (at least not for 1863 London). The makers stamp is very plain (just two letters, no shield or anything). The dial also appears to be silver; the numbers are attached separately, and it appears to be hand engraved (which I imagine was common). The case back sports a subtle design that at a second glance seems far more interesting then at first; not sure what to make of it.

    The movement is unsigned but numbered, and appears to be a fusee driven English lever (straight teeth on the escape wheel). Only the balance and escape wheel seem to be jeweled. Fusee chain and balance staff appear intact. All in all, a nice mid-grade English lever. Probably won't know more until I take it apart, but as ever, I would welcome any additional insight.
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    Re: Auction gamble comes up Fusee

    Congratulations! I love it when a gamble pays off.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Auction gamble comes up Fusee

    PW might be Phillip Woodman (Benjamin Woodman & Sons) 56 Great Sutton Street, Clerkenwell, from 1857. In 1871 they moved to 33 Smith Street, Northampton Square, Clerk. However, Priestley notes that this mark (1857 to 1871) would be cut incuse, into the material, with no cameo surronding it. Your mark looks like it is in relief (protruding)? There are no other PW listed for London.
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    Re: Auction gamble comes up Fusee

    No, the PW is punched in on both the inside back as well inside the case and on the crown.
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    Re: Auction gamble comes up Fusee

    Nice one.

    All English levers are at least seven jewels so your watch will be 9 jewels.
    The pallet stones are sunk into the pallet and is a nice piece of work.

    In English work the same attention to quality and detail is usually evident
    in low jewelled watches as in high jewelled watches...beautifully finished
    hand made springs, highly polished pinions and facets, deeply blued screws etc.

    "The case back sports a subtle design that at a second glance seems far more interesting then at first; not sure what to make of it."

    This is a cartouche and is for the owner of the watch to have his initials
    engraved in the middle if he so wishes.
    It is the shield and garter cartouche and it is very common on old English
    watch cases, I've seen very many of these cartouches but only rarely have
    I seen them engraved with someones initials.

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