I am hoping that someone here will be able to provide me with some more information about a pocket watch that I recently acquired. It is a very nice piece and it is running.
My guess is that it is a english silver key wind from early 1800's.
Please see the description and photos. Thank you in advance for any help!
Back of the watch case is decorated elaborately with "Wm. Ward Britannia 1818" with a sailboat. Also at the bottom of the case, marked "IOHN (JOHN) WARD 1800".
Other possible marking that may help identify are the hallmarks on both the inside of the watch case and also inside of outer case. The markings include "U, Lion, Lion face, Silhouette of a head, TC (possible IC) and a cross.
The watch is around 60mm across.
Other interesting item includes papers contained in the case back under some old tapestry fabric. The paper is printed witg "C. ZIPFEL Establish 1800 Watch & Clock Maker, Jeweler & Co. 167 Magdalen Gates, Norwich"
on the reverse side of the paper, the handwritten notes is very hard to read and much has been damaged. What we can make out so far is "Mr. Npar... Norwi.. (Norwich) perhaps 1902.... 4/-..."