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Pocket Watches124 of 1591Westclox Car ClockE. Howard Watch Co.
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    Posted 1 year ago

    pw-collector
    (278 items)

    I normally do not collect European pocket watches, but these two are in my collection.
    Both are English Fusee Pocket Watches.
    Fusee is a conical spirally grooved pulley in a timepiece, driven by a thin chain, which unwinds onto a cylinder containing the mainspring and which by its increasing diameter compensates for the lessening power of the spring (an explanation borrowed from one of my books).
    Neither watch has a makers name or mark that I can find.
    Both watches are wound with a watch key and set with a key.
    Both watch movements are in a coin silver case and have silver dials.
    The age of the watches are unknown. From what I have read, the first fusee watch was introduced around 1525 and were common through the mid to late 1800's.
    Thanks for taking the time to view my post,
    Dave

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    1. JDguy, 1 year ago
      Very Very Nice ,,,...
    2. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
      JDguy
      AdeleC
    3. truthordare truthordare, 1 year ago
      Beautiful and very interesting - Thanks for posting them. :-)
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      I have wondered why some pocket watches were called "fusees". Still wondering. Do you have an Eng. explanation ? LOL !!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 1 year ago
      Nice ones Dave! You certainly do have one really incredible collection.
    6. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the comments & appreciation:
      MALKEY
      SpiritBear
      Caperkid
      vetraio50
      MountainGiri
      truthordare
      leighannrn
      BB2 (maybe I can post a diagram)
      buckethead
      fortapache
      TassieDevil
      jscott0363
      officialfuel

    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      BB2, diagram added of the fusee system. This diagram shows a "catgut line" where these pocket watches use a very thin chain. A fusee is smaller at the top for a full mainspring. When the chain is at the bottom, the mainspring is almost spent, and the fusee has more leverage.
      When the mainspring is fully wound, it also pulls the hardest. At that time the chain is at the small end of the fusee. As the spring grows weaker, the chain descends to the larger part of the fusee. In shifting the tension, it equalizes the power.
      Best english explanation I can find & offer.
      Dave
    8. inky inky, 1 year ago
      These are lovely..:-)
    9. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
      mickeysmagic
      inky
      Caperkid
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the diagram. Actually very ingenious. In my historical/hysterical research, I often run into things that we normally don't think were developed way back when.
    11. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
      Johnsmith
      mikelv85
    12. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      Thanks lzenglish for the appreciation.
    13. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the appreciation:
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    14. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      Thanks kyratango for the appreciation.
    15. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      Thanks Brunswick for the appreciation.
    16. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      Thanks purvis for the appreciation.
    17. Collectables59 Collectables59, 1 year ago
      Excellent time pieces, worth holding onto. Neil
    18. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
      Thanks Collectables59 for the comment.

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