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    Help with Identifying two pocket watches please

    Hello, I have recently come in possession of two pocket watches and am making enquiries in identifying them and whether they are of any value. I have posted photos of these watch’s.

    The first is a McFarlane & Son, Melbourne.

    The second is a ‘Coronet’.

    I have uploaded photo's.

    Any replies will be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Help with Identifying two pocket watches please

    We need sharp close-ups of the movements to tell you anything about your watches.

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    Re: Help with Identifying two pocket watches please

    amdrewten
    The second watch "McFarlane and Son" although I can not tell you about the watch itself as we have no pic of the movement, were jewelers in Melbourne from the mid to late 1800's, they handled predominately Waltham watches, but also others. if we had a picture of the movement we could likely tell you about it.
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    Re: Help with Identifying two pocket watches please

    Thank you for your response. Can you please explain what a 'movement' is. I'm gathering I have to take of the back and photograph the insides.
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    Re: Help with Identifying two pocket watches please

    Yes you have to take the back off or open it.

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    Re: Help with Identifying two pocket watches please

    andrewten,
    Yes, the movement is the workings in the watch.
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    Re: Help with Identifying two pocket watches please

    Andrewten.
    Don't try to open the inner cover of this watch, this is an English case and the inner cover
    is not meant to be removed, they are fitted very tight and often secured with screws. Even if you
    managed to remove this cover you would not see the movement as there will be yet another cove
    attached to the movement itself.

    To view the movement, open the front bezel with your thumbnail, this will open easily enough as access
    to the dial is required to set the hands with your key.
    With the bezel open you will see a tiny catch at the 9-0clock position, lift this with your thumbnail and the movement
    swings out from the case on a hinge.
    English movements are fitted with a dust cover which is then removed by sliding the cresent shaped spring to release it.
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    Re: Help with Identifying two pocket watches please

    The McFarlane watch can only be an 'English-lever' fusee. Regardless of the name on the dial, which is that of the retailer not the maker, the watch would have been made in England, probably somewhere in or near Birmingham, in about the mid 1870s. The silver case would have been made separately by a dedicated watch case maker. In this instance the marks show that the case is made of sterling silver (the lion mark). The leopard's head mark shows the case was made in London and the 'A' is the London year-mark for 1876, all of which tie in with the general appearance of the watch. These watches were made in large numbers. Unless there is something rare about the 'movement' it will most probably not be particularly valuable. If you wish to see similar look in eBay under 'Silver fusee pocket watches', (or similar description).

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    Re: Help with Identifying two pocket watches please

    Quote Originally Posted by EddieGibbon View Post
    The McFarlane watch can only be an 'English-lever' fusee. Regardless of the name on the dial, which is that of the retailer not the maker, the watch would have been made in England, probably somewhere in or near Birmingham, in about the mid 1870s. The silver case would have been made separately by a dedicated watch case maker. In this instance the marks show that the case is made of sterling silver (the lion mark). The leopard's head mark shows the case was made in London and the 'A' is the London year-mark for 1876, all of which tie in with the general appearance of the watch. These watches were made in large numbers. Unless there is something rare about the 'movement' it will most probably not be particularly valuable. If you wish to see similar look in eBay under 'Silver fusee pocket watches', (or similar description).
    Good info.
    How can you tell that the movement was probably made in Birmingham or nearby?

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    Re: Help with Identifying two pocket watches please

    Thanks Guys, the info is amazing. Will post the movement photo's soon.

    Any comments on my second watch, the 'Coronet' ?

    andrewten

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