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    Identification

    Hi all,

    I've inherited a silver pocket watch and would like some help identifying the manufacturer. It is hallmarked Birmingham in 1897 (I think) with the maker WGH?
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    Identification

    Hi and welcome.

    Do you have further photos of the watch? Caseback, inside caseback and movement? If all we have is what you already know then it’s hard to help you.

    It will help if they are close up and well focused rather than from a distance and blurred.


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    Re: Identification

    I have an almost identical watch, watchmaker John Hewitt & Son, London. Silver case Chester 1897 (check, if yours is Birmingham or Chester).

    You have to give us more images (showing hallmarks, movement). There is no 'manufacturer' in today's sense, but an individual watchmakers. His name is engraved on the movement. The images should show you how to get there. Be careful if you don't know what to do and seek help in this case.

    The watchmaker did not make the entire watch. He just assembled parts coming from different sources.

    The name on that piece of paper 'William George Hammon' from Coventry should be the watchmaker. We know works from him between 1887 to 1898, so that would fit with the hallmarks you mentioned. See if you find his name on the movement. Where did you find his initials W.G.H.?
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    The movement is marked John Forrest London EC. Is it worth much?

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    Re: Identification

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    Re: Identification

    Quote Originally Posted by emmric View Post
    The movement is marked John Forrest London EC. Is it worth much?
    So the name on that piece of paper underneath the watch is from someone else?

    We do not make valuations here, but it is nothing very special, but an interesting antique watch. If it has been inherited, keep it in the family. It seems, that it has the original key (at least one from the time), that's a good thing, as they normally got lost and have been replaced with something new. The watch looks nice an clean what we can see from the outside and I hope it is still running.

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