Cooper French, London

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    Question Cooper French, London

    Hi Folks
    I have been left an old pocket watch and I am trying to find anything out about it.
    I have tried googling for the makers name and got abbsolutely no where.
    It is open faced, about 51mm (inch and seven-eighths) across. The face appears to be gold with no makers mark, but has a finely chased picture of a peacock and 2 flower swags. It has roman numerals and a secondary second hand. The back of the case is engine-turned, with a small plain cartouche. There is a double row of embossing round the rim. Opening the outer back shows 2 key holes and trhe wording "DETACHED LEVER", "13 JEWELS", "No 8430", "COOPER FRENCH, LONDON". The inner face of the back has what appears to be a crown hallmark, the letters "HW" and the number 8430. I can see no markings inside the inner case other than the serial number 8430.
    Any information will be gratefully received, Thank you for looking.
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    Re: Cooper French, London

    Good pics of the hallmarks would help a lot. I am no expert but this looks to be a Swiss movement from the middle to last half of the nineteenth century. I suspect Cooper French was an English jeweler who initially sold the watch.

    The chased picture is quite nice.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Cooper French, London

    Thanks for your reply. I will try and get a better hallmark pic and post it later.

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    Re: Cooper French, London

    The movement is a Swiss lepine style bar movement with a Swiss side lever escapement. 1850-1875 time frame. If the case is English with hallmarks a better date determination can be made.

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    Re: Cooper French, London

    Best hallmark pic I can get attached
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