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John Harrison Fusee movement; Nice Engraving of Eagle.
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This Watch movement was made in Liverpool with a Massey 3 escapement.

Loomes Data gives only one John Harrison in Liverpool, working dates 1818-54 which tie in with the watch date c1820-40. The watch looks to be of good quality with a well engraved movement. It has, what looks to me, an American Eagle on the Balance Cock and not the Liver Bird that is on some Liverpool movements.

The Gold Case would have been American; unfortunately scrapped; I am surprised that the Gold Dial was not scrapped as well. Many Liverpool makers emulated M I Tobias, and other Makers and exported their finished movements to the USA.
The John Harrison who made this watch movement is not related to the famous John Harrison the Chronometer Maker. The word “Patent” on the balance cock is indicative of a Massey type escapement and the description that you added above says that the watch has a Massey escapement. I believe that there are no known examples following the death of Massey in 1852. A bit of reading about that escapement type should give you some background information on this. Regards Ray

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The Post that holds the Dustcap on has rusted away and I will have to replace it from a Donor movement. It was like it when I purchased it; The C shaped lock on the Dustcap will also have to be replaced. Regards Ray

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What is that bird?

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Hi Jon, I think that the Bird on the Balance Cock is an American Eagle; the Bird on the Tower is the Liver Bird, a Mythical creature that represents Liverpool. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_bird Regards Ray

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Google Liver Bird

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Ray beat me!

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Here is a Building in Liverpool with Liver Birds on top. Photo from Wikipedia.
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WOW

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The wonderful Cunard Building is just across the way, partly visible on the right in Ray's pic.

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