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Family heirloom pocket watch....any idea about this one?

  1. Mpnunes

    Mpnunes Jan 4, 2020

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    All I know is that it's been in the family for over 100 yrs. It will eventually go to my brother and I told him I would do a bit of research on it. I didn't see any branding at all on it...these are the only two pics I took while I was at home over the holidays, unfortunately. Might not be worth much, but would be interested to know a bit about it if anyone knows. Came from my mother's side so would have originated in Ireland sometime in the late 1800s.
     
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  2. DaveK

    DaveK Jan 4, 2020

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    Wow, she’s pretty. Can a family member get a picture of the movement? That will be needed for identification. A pic of the caseback and clearer pictures of the inside of the caseback would be helpful. Someone here will be able to translate the marks on the caseback (maker, gold purity county of origin etc)

    Don’t use it until it gets a serviced by a watchmaker (not a mall kiosk). These machines will work forever, but it will be silently destroying itself when running with dry oil. Someone here can recommend a watchmaker in your area.
     
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  3. Mpnunes

    Mpnunes Jan 4, 2020

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    Very helpful. Will leave it to my brother to decide how to proceed. Will check to see if he's able to open the case back. Appreciate your insights..
     
  4. Canuck

    Canuck Jan 4, 2020

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    Some of the stampings in the case back are not clear enough to Identify. Better pictures will require better lighting, better focus, and possibly using a tripod to reduce blur. Natural daylight can often help give clearer definition. I’m going to step out onto a limb and say that some of the stampings appear to be of a English origin. We would also need good quality pictures of the mechanism, as well as a transcription of any maker or city names. Incidentally, the fancy dial shows four colours of gold. Yellow, rose, green, and white gold.
     
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  5. Dan S

    Dan S Jan 4, 2020

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    In addition to better photos, and pictures of the movement, perhaps you can give us an idea of size. I'm wondering if this is actually a ladies PW.
     
  6. Mpnunes

    Mpnunes Jan 4, 2020

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    Interesting. I was told that my great grandfather wore it up until the 1950s. Doesn’t mean it couldn’t have been meant as ladies watch. I’ll try to get some more pics and post. Sorry about the poor quality...

    p.s., hard to tell from the photo, but size felt about right for a Pw (at least based on what I’ve seen online...I don’t have a lot of experience with them)
     
  7. padders

    padders Jan 5, 2020

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    I see a leopards head (London hallmark) and maybe a capital F year letter. The picture is poor so I can’t be certain which F but cap F can be either 1801, 1881 (most likely IMO with that design) or 1941 (less likely). If it’s actually capital E then go back a year to 1800 or 1880

    I have something similar, I do think it was likely a ladies watch originally. The men’s styles were usually much less ornate and it looks to be on the small side for a men’s fob watch.
     
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  8. RLC

    RLC Jan 8, 2020

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    Womans 'Neckless' Watch. Found these two in my Parents Attic. fullsizeoutput_2b72.jpeg