CHARLES FASOLDT, ALBANY, NY [Charles Fasoldt，紐約阿伯尼] | A VERY RARE AND FINE GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER POCKET CHRONOMETER WITH DOUBLE WHEEL ESCAPEMENT CIRCA 1870, CASE NO. 353 [ 極罕有黃金精密計時懷錶備雙齒輪擒縱機芯，年份約1870，錶殼編號353]
CHARLES FASOLDT, ALBANY, NY
A VERY RARE AND FINE GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER POCKET CHRONOMETER WITH DOUBLE WHEEL ESCAPEMENT
CIRCA 1870, CASE NO. 353
• Movement: damascened bridges, wolf's tooth winding, Fasoldt patented double gold wheel lever chronometer escapement, impulse to the smaller wheel and locking to the larger, single roller, bi-metallic compensation balance, the balance cock with Fasoldt's precision regulation, signed C. Fasoldt, Albany, New York, further engraved Pat. Apr. 5, 1864 & Mar. 7, 1865
• Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, outer minute ring, large subsidiary seconds, blued steel moon hands, signed Fasoldt Patent Chronometer Albany NY
• Case: 18ct gold, engine-turned back, the centre with polished vacant circular cartouche, milled band, polished bezel, hinged glazed cuvette, gold pendant and bow, the inside back with case maker's mark EH for E. Humbert and numbered XX 353
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Movement running at time of cataloguing. Some tarnishing to the plates and a few minor small scratches. Handsetting via set square to centre of movement
Dial: hairline crack to the left side of the sunken subsidiary seconds dial, Fine hairline between 6 and 7 o'clock and there appears to be a very feint hairline crack between 8 and 9 o'clock at the edge of the dial.
Case: with some signs of polishing to the bezels, some abrasions and marks to the engine turned decoration. The bow appears to have a UK hallmark for 18ct gold.
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Fasoldt called his escapement a chronometer, but in fact it was a lever escapement with two escape wheels, the smaller one giving impulse in one direction and the larger one in the other direction. He immigrated to New York around 1850 and relocated to Albany, New York in 1861, where he founded a watchmaking factory which employed 50 men. He also utilized the help of family members. His daughter made jewels, patent regulators and patent hairsprings, while Charles Fasoldt himself made the wheels and arbor plates. To our knowledge, he produced nearly 600 pocket watches during his career.