An English mahogany cased exhibition escapement model
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An English mahogany cased exhibition escapement model

J.S. GODMAN. CIRCA 1970

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An English mahogany cased exhibition escapement model
J.S. Godman. Circa 1970
The escapement mounted on a brass plate with a going barrel movement train below, Earnshaw-type spring detent (steel locking pallet) escapement with massive cut bimetallic balance with circular heat compensation weights and non-magnetic polished helical spring, stop/start slide to one side, the two-tier box applied with a silvered plaque to the front signed MADE BY J.S. GODMAN
5½ in. (14 cm.) sq. box
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No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis

Lot Essay

John Godman was by all accounts a great character who, with his bother Bill, worked for Mercers nearly all his life, Tony Mercer; op. cit. wrote;
John Godman was a fine engineer with a long family history of engineering expertise, his temperment was laconic and direct. He spent all his time in the machine shop making sure that they were working to his high standards. He worked with his brother Bill on new products, including their single blade detent. As the company developed he accepted the challange of more complicated modern production equipment and delt with it. Later in life he built his own workshop at home and made regulators, one of which is in the British Museum.

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