GOLD MASSEY III BY TOBIAS POCKET WATCH – Circa 1825
Signed S I Tobias & Co – Liverpool
Diameter 46 mm
This is an exceptional timepiece from the early 19th century, known as a Massey type three lever, crafted by Samuel Tobias. It features a stunning gold dial with intricate engine-turned detailing and Roman numerals, all adorned with exquisite three-color gold decoration in a foliate design. The gold hands add a touch of elegance to the dial. The watch is housed in an 18-carat engine-turned open face case, which has been beautifully engraved and chased by the skilled craftsman William Warner of Philadelphia.
The watch is in excellent condition, with the engine turning still crisp and the overall appearance well-preserved. The movement is of high quality, with a half plate gilt keywind fusee mechanism and Harrison's maintaining power. The engraved cock with a diamond endstone, the plain three-arm steel balance, and the blue steel spiral hairspring all contribute to the precision and reliability of this timepiece. The English Massey type three lever escapement further enhances its performance.
It is worth noting that the Tobias family, particularly Morris Tobias, was renowned for their craftsmanship in manufacturing watches of this caliber. Samuel Tobias himself relocated to the United States in the early 19th century, where he continued the family's legacy. They often imported these movements and had them cased locally. In the case of this particular watch, it was cased by the esteemed William Warner, who operated in Philadelphia from 1811 until the 1830s.
Overall, this watch is not only a testament to the skill and artistry of its maker and casemaker but also a stunning example of the horological craftsmanship of its time. It would make a valuable addition to any collection of antique timepieces.
Signed S I Tobias & Co - Liverpool
Diameter 46 mm