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38 minutes ago, watchweasol said:

There is a possibility that its to do with the balance and poise of the pallet, as well as being decorative.

Poise is correct :)
We can find many similar shaped pallets from that era, also called "moustache" pallet.

But soon they found that the so increased inertia is much worse than some imbalance and these moustaches disappeared.

Frank

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Thank you Praezis.  That had me a bit stumped.  I have an 1888 Hampden, size 6s, and I was really sure I would have noticed a crescent-shaped projection like that on the lever.  But I got to second guessing and was ready to go peek.  This is what I love about this forum: odds are pretty good that someone on here knows something obscure that I don't, and which I may take forever to find on the internet. So, "Mustache" levers sound like they were a bit of a flash-in-the-pan as it were.

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5 hours ago, watchweasol said:

There is a possibility that its to do with the balance and poise of the pallet, as well as being decorative.

when I opened it up, I thought it looked cool.

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4 hours ago, praezis said:

Poise is correct :)
We can find many similar shaped pallets from that era, also called "moustache" pallet.

But soon they found that the so increased inertia is much worse than some imbalance and these moustaches disappeared.

Frank

moustache pallet. huh. I like that! 

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2 hours ago, KarlvonKoln said:

Thank you Praezis.  That had me a bit stumped.  I have an 1888 Hampden, size 6s, and I was really sure I would have noticed a crescent-shaped projection like that on the lever.  But I got to second guessing and was ready to go peek.  This is what I love about this forum: odds are pretty good that someone on here knows something obscure that I don't, and which I may take forever to find on the internet. So, "Mustache" levers sound like they were a bit of a flash-in-the-pan as it were.

first one I've ever seen in my short time doing this. only other one was in a book somewhere and I'm still searching for it. it is pretty cool though but I can tell you, it makes for an adventure in re-assembly and timing. it bumps into and catches EVERYTHING! 

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I just checked my own Hampden and, I was right, no mustache lever.  I'm rather glad it doesn't have one now.

As poise goes, I think I like the counterbalanced pseudo-English lever that my old Longines uses.

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7 minutes ago, KarlvonKoln said:

I just checked my own Hampden and, I was right, no mustache lever.  I'm rather glad it doesn't have one now.

As poise goes, I think I like the counterbalanced pseudo-English lever that my old Longines uses.

agreed!

 

9 minutes ago, KarlvonKoln said:

I just checked my own Hampden and, I was right, no mustache lever.  I'm rather glad it doesn't have one now.

As poise goes, I think I like the counterbalanced pseudo-English lever that my old Longines uses.

the one with the moustache was a 16s BTW

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