Unit 2, 24 Cheap Street, Sherborne
Dorset DT9 3PX
This robustly made, late Victorian, English dial timepiece has a flat 12” diameter painted dial with Roman numerals, set behind a cast brass bezel with bevelled edge flat glass and a silvered sight ring, all mounted on a convex turned mahogany surround.
The 8-day chain fusee movement has plain rectangular plates, and the whole is mounted in a traditional “salt box” casing with a rounded bottom with a locking access door, and doors in each side to facilitate the fitting of the pendulum. The wooden bezel measures 14½” (370mm) at its outside diameter.
Loomes in his book “Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World (vol 2)” lists Harry Owen, Portsmouth, as known to be working there in 1878.
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