Peter Litherland & Co., Liverpool, Movement No. 1014, 57 mm, 137 g, circa 1795
An important pair-cased pocket watch, one of the earliest rack lever escapement watches made by Litherland Case: outer case - silver, polished, à goutte, large lateral hinge. Inner case - silver, polished, case maker's punch mark "TH" (Thomas Helsby, Liverpool). Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds from 1-15, "Fleur de Lys" hands. Movm.: fine full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, moulded movement pillars, three-arm steel balance, fine florally engraved and pierced balance cock with inscription "patent", chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
Peter Litherland (1756–1805) Peter Litherland was a watchmaker and inventor. He was born in Warrington and later moved to Liverpool, which was then the centre of the watchmaking trade. In 1791 he patented the rack lever escapement for watches, which was more accurate than the commonly used verge escapement. One of his watches is in display in the World Museum Liverpool. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Litherland, as of 02/23/2015.
Estimate 1,000 - 5,000 €
Price Realised 1,200 €
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