Karrusel Escapement?

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    Karrusel Escapement?

    Hi, Can anybody help in identifying the mechanism in this pocket watch? It's a stem wind half hunter from the Goldsmiths Company,London and dated 1896.
    I'm trying to work out if it is a karrusel or not.
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    Re: Karrusel Escapement?

    It is an English 3/4 plate lever escapement.

    It looks to be good quality with compensated balance and will be either 15, 17 or 19 jewels
    depending on whether or not the escape wheel and or the lever is capped.

    You can see one of these dismantled in this thread.....

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/obs...nt-536219.html

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    Re: Karrusel Escapement?

    Radger, thanks for reminding us of that brilliant earlier thread! Interesting that horology snobbishness seems to denegrate the 1 hour karrusel as inferior to the 1 minute tourbillon. Perhaps its the easily visible motion...
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    Re: Karrusel Escapement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tick Talk View Post
    Radger, thanks for reminding us of that brilliant earlier thread! Interesting that horology snobbishness seems to denegrate the 1 hour karrusel as inferior to the 1 minute tourbillon. Perhaps its the easily visible motion...
    Thanks Tick Talk.

    I suppose because the karrusel was available from Bonniksen (the inventor) as an ebauche and required only finishing whereas the one min tourbillon would require a maker capable of producing high horology.
    An English antique one minute tourbillon is a rare beast, whilst karrusels are relatively common, the min tourbillons are definately more
    desirable.

    It would be wrong to denegrate the karrusel on performance though. They perfomed very well in the chronometry stakes, regularly putting in good performances at Kew.
    Usher and Cole seem to have been the major finishers of the Karrusel and also finished these for other watchmakers and retailers.

    The last part of this excellent doc describes Usher and Coles involvement with Bonniksen and the Karrusel and has a picture of the ebauche....

    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb....Cole150dpi.pdf
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