Great Grandfather's Pocketwatch

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    Great Grandfather's Pocketwatch

    Hello, wondering if anyone can give me some information / background information on a pocket watch I found in my parents roof yesterday. The only information I have is that he was killed in World War 1 and was carrying this watch. He has his name J Miller carved inside and he has dated it as 1882. The clock is in working condition and has 3 hallmarks inside.. A lion in a rectangle (landscape) an anchor in a rectangle (portrait) and an F in a shield shape... I will try and upload some photos... any information you have will be greatly appreciated :) It wont let me upload photos.. why is this?Thanks

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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocketwatch

    Quote Originally Posted by stevehicks123 View Post
    It wont let me upload photos.. why is this?Thanks
    Probably they're too big; try resizing them to 800pixels.

    Quote Originally Posted by stevehicks123 View Post
    A lion in a rectangle (landscape) an anchor in a rectangle (portrait) and an F in a shield shape
    The Anchor tells us that the case was hallmarked in Birmingham, the lion tells us it's sterling silver, and the F tells us the year it was hallmarked, but we have to know the font to be sure of the year. Based on the "1882" date you provide, the closest "F" was 1880, and would be a gothic font.
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    Hopefully these photos work.... <a href="http://s126.photobucket.com/user/ste...hoto2.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p...123/photo2.jpg" border="0" alt="open photo photo2.jpg"/></a>

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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocketwatch

    Fairly generic but decent quality swiss lever; looks like the third wheel jewel was replaced at one point with a generic pre-mounted jewel. In the absence of any makers marks under the balance or dial (and given the 1882 import date), it was probably a hand finished ebauch made by some otherwise anonymous Swiss watchmaker, so don't expect to be able to find out "who" made it.
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    Thanks AbslomRob. Do you recon its worth getting it cleaned up and maintained? Would it cost much? Or is it better to leave it in its "original" state in your opinion?

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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocketwatch

    Quote Originally Posted by stevehicks123 View Post
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    Probably need a peek under the dial. You are looking for stamp. This looks similar to a couple of the Louie Brandt patterns.
    Courtesy of ULF.

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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocketwatch

    Quote Originally Posted by stevehicks123 View Post
    Thanks AbslomRob. Do you recon its worth getting it cleaned up and maintained? Would it cost much? Or is it better to leave it in its "original" state in your opinion?
    My suggestion
    Is get it serviced and working
    It is a lovely early watch and Heirloom
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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocketwatch

    Thanks, Where is a good place to get this type of watch serviced? your everyday H Samuels etc or somewhere more specialist?

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    Re: Great Grandfather's Pocketwatch

    Quote Originally Posted by stevehicks123 View Post
    Thanks, Where is a good place to get this type of watch serviced? your everyday H Samuels etc or somewhere more specialist?
    more specialist
    Samuels? they can change batteries
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