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    silver pocket watch makers mark

    Hi everyone, I'm completely new to watches.
    I love the really old pocket and wrist watches, I bought a pocket watch off Ebay recently, I haven't received it yet but have some photos of the watch.
    The markings on the watch case are as follows 34006, Lion, Anchor, H, C.V.
    I have done some research into the markings, I found it is sterling silver, Birmingham, dated at 1882 but can't find anything to do with the C.V marking? I'm guessing this is the makers mark can anyone help me with identifying the watch and maker from the markings and photo's?
    It's probably not a very good watch but I like it all the same :)

    Regards, Mike.
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    Re: silver pocket watch makers mark

    Hi,

    You have a quality, jewelled, Swiss made Cylinder escapement movement which was imported
    and cased in the UK.

    CV is the mark of the Silver Smith who made the case, it is referenced at this page, but there is no
    information as to who C.V was.....

    Birmingham Makers Marks - CM-CZ

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    Re: silver pocket watch makers mark

    Given as "C.V into a rectangle (Charles Vale, Henry Vale & Rowland Sermon trading as Vale Brothers & Sermon [ C ] ) end 19th c" on the following site

    English silver hallmarks: maker marks identification of British Silversmiths- CI-CZ

    Cheers from the cellar

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    Re: silver pocket watch makers mark

    Hi Radger,

    Thank's for the reply, I'm glad it has a good movement :)
    If the seller is telling the truth then it loses approx 5 mins in 24hrs, I'm guessing that is pretty good for a watch that old?

    I will see when I receive it on Monday :)

    Regards, Mike.

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    Hi Cellar, Thanks for the info, I have managed to find out everything I wanted to know :) as long as the watch works when I get it I will be very happy.

    One question, is it advisable to polish antique silver?

    Regards, Mike.

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    Re: silver pocket watch makers mark

    Congrats on your new pocket watch!
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    Re: silver pocket watch makers mark

    Thanks Mpamer, I think I got the watch bug lol
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    Congrats on your new pocket watch!

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    Re: silver pocket watch makers mark

    Quote Originally Posted by Extensa View Post
    Hi Radger,

    Thank's for the reply, I'm glad it has a good movement :)
    If the seller is telling the truth then it loses approx 5 mins in 24hrs, I'm guessing that is pretty good for a watch that old?

    I will see when I receive it on Monday :)

    Regards, Mike.
    Mike,

    Your watch is certainly a good quality cylinder movement, I can see it is fully jewelled, gold gilt
    and nicely finished.
    That said, cylinder movements lost favour in the early 20thC to the superior lever escapement watches.

    You can polish the silver case or not, it is your personal preference.

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    Re: silver pocket watch makers mark

    Thanks for your help and info Radger. Can you point me in the right direction of some good websites or books so I can start learning about Victorian pocket watches and there movements and makers?
    I have been searching through the internet, but don't really know where to start as there is so much to learn :)

    Regards, Mike.

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