Rack lever by John Robb, London

Stock No. 1418

John Robb
London, 1821
Silver case, 52.5 mm
Rack lever escapement


An early 19th century London silver watch with a fine rack lever escapement.

MOVEMENT : Gilt rack lever movement, with engraved balance cock, diamond endstone, polished steel balance wheel, blued screws, and four round pillars.
Signed (John Robb, LONDON) and numbered (200).

Protected by a removable gilt dustcap. In fine condition throughout, and running well.

The stop lever, on the side of the case at 7, stops and restarts the movement.

DIAL : Cream enamel dial with subsidiary seconds. In almost perfect condition with just one very light hairline from the centre towards 1. Gold coloured hands.

CASE : Silver, with Chester hallmarks for 1821, maker TP.

A heavy case, in good condition with no repairs. The gold hinges are fine and the bezel and back cover snap shut. There are some light bruises to the back, and wear to the coin edged band

The crystal is fine.

The case maker’s mark is probably for Thomas Pennington, watchcase and watch manufacturer in Liverpool between 1805 and 1832.