Stock No. M173

Benjamin Turpin
London, c1820
Rack lever movement


MOVEMENT : Signed (TURPIN, Banner Square, London) and numbered (1157).

Gilded movement with rack lever escapement, jewelled (top and bottom) to all 3 wheels, diamond endstone to the balance cock, blued steel screws and four round pillars. Polished steel balance wheel.

The movement is protected by a removable gilt dustcap, engraved with the owner’s name (Thos. Bowles, London) and dated (1820). The dustcap is original to the movement. It fits perfectly and has the same style of engraving

MOVEMENT CONDITION : Complete, in good condition, and running.
The motion wheels are present.

MOVEMENT SIZE : 4.4 mm between the plates. Potence plate 41.3 mm. Dial plate 44.8 mm.

This watch is probably by Benjamin Turpin, who is listed in London between 1817 and 1829. He was succeeded by his widow, Susannah Turpin, who herself was succeeded by George Turpin. From 1857 the business became Turpin Brothers, still at Banner Square, Finsbury, London.