Impressive and good quality English rack lever movement, with cream dial and stop lever, in fine heavy silver pair cases.
MOVEMENT : The high quality gilded rack lever fusee movement, with balance cock marked ‘Patent Lever’, blued screws and diamond endstone. Signed (John Moncas, Liverpool) and numbered (1214).
It is in fine condition and is running well. The movement is protected by a removable gilt brass dustcap. A lever on the side at 7 correctly stops and restarts the movement.
DIAL : The elegant cream enamel dial is in perfect condition.
INNER CASE : Silver hallmarks for Chester, 1818, maker I? (rubbed). Also stamped with the movement serial number (1214). Perfect condition except for one hinge sleeve which is absent. Good high dome crystal with just light scratches. The case snaps shut nicely.
OUTER CASE : Silver, with no hallmarks but a perfect match to the inner. Maker’s mark ‘*’. The hinge and catch are again fine and the case snaps shut. Excellent overall condition..
John Moncas is listed in Hanover Street, Liverpool, between 1818 and 1820.