Large Silver Hunter Cased Lever


Signed  W J Yeoman Waukegau Ills
Circa   1860
A fine Swiss mid 19th Century lever in a silver full hunter case.
Diameter   56 mm         

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A fine Swiss mid 19th Century lever in a silver full hunter case.  Keywind nickelled bar movement with going barrel. Plain cock with polished steel regulator, its index on curved section of the main bridge. Compensation balance with blue steel overcoil hairspring. Club foot straight line lever escapement, escape pivots with endstones on a gold setting. Signed white enamel dial with subsidiary seconds, slender Roman numerals, blue steel hands. Substantial engine turned silver full hunter case, rope bezels  with flat covers. Gold hinges, thumb piece and flat button, maker's mark “CHs Tissot & Sons – Locle – Warranted Coin”.  Wound and set through the signed and numbered silver cuvette.

An early example of Tissot's work made in Switzerland expressly for this American retailer, being signed on case, dial and movement.  The Yeomans were evidently successful and innovative as shown by an extract from Amsterdam NY Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat of November 17th 1910.  As a wedding present to his new bride Louis Yeoman installed electricity throughout his mansion, including an elevator.  The writer notes that the house will “not only be the wonder of Lake county but will attract curiosity seekers even from Chicago itself.”