- Museum number
CHROME-PLATED CASED LEVER WATCH.
Pin-pallet lever escapement; manual hand-set button; keyless winding.
Paper dial; hour I-XII; minutes 5-60; subsidiary seconds.
Chrome-plated case; glass missing.
Inner dome and mainspring missing.
Diameter: 50.70 millimetres (case)
Diameter: 38.10 millimetres (dial)
Thickness: 20.30 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Comment from Richard Good, Catalogue of Watches in the British Museum. Vol. V (Unpublished manuscript)
ANONYMOUS but by THEIL
Germany, c. 1890
Watch with a pin pallet lever escapement.
Case: A nickel plated case with a hinged back and a snap on bezel. The inner back which is one with the band and through which passes the three screws which secure the movement to the case is missing. This inner back also acted as the barrel cover. In this version the button and stem are retained by a brass ring which is pressed up onto the stem from the inside of the band.
Dial and Hands: A card dial in a very poor state with black Roman numerals and minute circle and a subsidiary seconds dial. The hands are missing. The dial is pressed onto two spikes that protrude from the wedges that retain the front plate.
Ebauche Marks: none.
Frame: The centre wheel is keyed into the barrel arbor and is thus driven direct. The construction is full plate with the back plate supported by two plate type pillars which are bent up from the bottom plate. Each has two tongues which pass through the top plate and a wedge secures the back plate to each tongue. One has a second small plate which traps the keyless winding wheel (missing). The click and click spring combined is also between the plates with at its end a tongue that is bent up and passes through a gap in the back plate and into the teeth of the barrel ratchet.
Barrel and Mainspring: Barrel effective inside diameter 33.2 mm. The spring actually is restrained by 8 nibs which are bent up from the winding wheel which also serves as the barrel bottom.
Mainspring is missing.
Going Arbor: Diameter 7.8 mm., not snailed
Hooking: The end of the spring is bent around one of the nibs.
Train: The brass wheels with five crossings, the missing escape wheel had four.
Jewelled: No jewels.
Escapement: The pin pallet escapement is missing.
Balance and Spring: Missing
Means of Regulation: An index on the back plate which passes through the missing inner cover of the case.
Train Counts and Beat Rate:
Centre wheel 72
Third wheel 60 pinion 9
Fourth wheel 60 pinion 8
Escape wheel missing
Beat Rate was 2,400
Motion Work: Cannon pinion 10, minute wheel, minute pinion, and hour wheel all missing.
Winding system: The mainspring is wound from the pendant with a winding wheel (missing) meshing directly with the teeth on the barrel bottom. The handsetting is by a friction wheel mounted directly on the slipping arbor that passes through the barrel arbor and the centre wheel and that carries the cannon pinion.
Dimensions: Case diameter 51.0 mm., height 20.6 mm.
Movement diameter 46.2 mm.
Provenance: Formerly in the Ilbert collection.
Note: For details of Theil and this type of movement see Cutmore 1991 pp 33, 34, 35, and 88.
- Not on display
- Latest: 3 (2017)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.1106 (Ilbert Collection)