Help with Identifying and Evaluating a watch - Wm J Collison London

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    Help with Identifying and Evaluating a watch - Wm J Collison London

    Hey Everyone,

    This is my first post on WatchuSeek. I bought a large group of pocket watches from an Estate and I have had a fairly easy time researching them. However, this one is really throwing me for a loop!

    The movement is marked "Wm J Collison London" with a serial number 12316.

    The case back is marked JFN, 11307, and has a lion, crown, and what looks like to be the bust of a woman.

    Any information as to its age, maker, or value would be a huge help to me. I attached some photos and I'm hoping someone knows about Wm J Collison.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Help with Identifying and Evaluating a watch - Wm J Collison London

    To my non-expert eyes this appears to be an English Fusee from the middle to late nineteenth century. Often the name on the baseplate is the name of the watchmaker who bought the movement ready made, adjusted it to their own standards, and encased it. I suspect Collison was such a jeweller/watchmaker. Nice piece but it will be beyond the normal watchmaker to bring it back to normal operation.
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    Re: Help with Identifying and Evaluating a watch - Wm J Collison London

    Thanks a ton for your help!

    Even if the watch has very little value it is interesting nonetheless!

    Wade

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    Re: Help with Identifying and Evaluating a watch - Wm J Collison London

    I can add
    Collinson, Jas. London. Watch Maker 1770
    - BRITTENS - Old Clocks and Watches

    So its a pretty old Fusee driven and I guess verge escapement with balance spring??

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    Re: Help with Identifying and Evaluating a watch - Wm J Collison London

    English verge fusee, hallmarks for sterling silver (lion) and London assay office (leopard). Since the leopard is crowned the case was made 1821 or earlier. The movement has a Bosley regulator typical of post 1800 watches.

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    Re: Help with Identifying and Evaluating a watch - Wm J Collison London

    Quote Originally Posted by RON in PA View Post
    English verge fusee, hallmarks for sterling silver (lion) and London assay office (leopard). Since the leopard is crowned the case was made 1821 or earlier. The movement has a Bosley regulator typical of post 1800 watches.
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