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WNS-PW-6031 - Barton Deacon - Silver Pair Case PW - Circa 1795 – Dial View
Deacon, Samuel - English Sterling Silver Pair Case (circa 1795)
Case: Pair Case - the outer case and inner case are marked with the English (Birmingham) silver hallmarks of the X, Anchor and Lion which dates this piece to 1795.
Dial: The most interesting feature of this pocket watch is its dial which is marked SAM . BRADFORD (instead of Arabic or Roman numerals.)
Movement: The fusee movement is of meticulous workmanship and is marked Deacon, Barton, [and serial number] 2853. it is still working and responds with only one turn of the key.
Comments: Previous owners of this pocket watch contacted various sources regarding the name on the dial, but no records could be located. It could be a personalized dial that was a special order, a presentation piece, or perhaps it was a tribute to a fallen comrade (the mystery of its purpose makes an interesting story.)
Brian Loomes' book "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World Volume 2" notes that Samuel Deacon was born in Ratby, England in 1746 and set up his own workshop in Barton-on-the-Beans, Leicestershire, England in 1771. He died in 1816. He was a jeweler and engraver and made both clocks and watches. He was a highly skilled craftsman of many talents as he made tools, verge watches, church turret clocks and musical boxes. His workshop was kept by his family and in 1953 it was moved into a building in Leicester City hub. It is England's only fully intact 18th century clockmaker's and watch maker's workshop. The workshop is currently housed in the Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester, England.
Item ID: WNS-PW-6031
Deacon, Samuel - English Sterling Silver Pair 18 Size Case - Incredible hand made fusee movement with a very RARE personalized dial - (Circa 1795)
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WNS-PW-6031 - Barton Deacon - Silver Pair Case PW - Circa 1795 – Movement View