Jonathan Betts, "Josiah Emery, Watchmaker of Charing Cross, Part I and Part IV", Antiquarian Horology, vol. 22, no. 5, Spring 1996, p. 401 & Winter 1996, No. 2, vol. 23, pp. 137-138 and figs, 52-53
Anthony G. Randall, The Time Museum Catalogue of Chronometers, 1992, p. 164
Antiquarian Horology, Autumn 1989 page 339, illustrated in Philip Whyte, Bury Street, London full page advertisement
T.P. Camerer Cuss, The Country Life Book of Watches, 1967, p. 79, fig. 98, Colour plate III
The complexity of executing Emery’s form of lever escapement would have required an extremely high level of craftsmanship, and for this reason it is perhaps unsurprising that his designs were not widely taken up (see: The Camerer Cuss Book of Antique Watches, p. 143). It is interesting to note that the balance is similar in design to John Arnold’s ‘Double S’ type which Arnold patented in 1782 (for which see lot 38). The
balance has two brass arms, a helical blued steel spring, two gold timing screws and two bi-metallic compensation affixes, each with a gold adjusting screw.
Emery was made an honorary Freeman of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1781. After his death in 1796, Louis Recordon succeeded to the business.
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