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Melville

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  1. That Birmingham hall mark letter often causes confusion, It is not a 'b'. It is the letter 'v' for 1895. This is an English movement. Certainly not American. The biggest exporter of pocket watch movements from America to the UK was by far, the Waltham Watch Company who began exporting in 1875. Their movements were cased by the newly formed Dennison Watch Case Company in Birmingham. A.L.. Dennison was a founder member of Waltham. The movement shown by 'Sands' differs greatly from an American movement, On an American movement the plates are secured by screws not pins. Key wound movements were wound through the barrel bridge. American movements did not have the type of dust cover used by the English makers. They preferred an inner rear cover that was part of the case through which the movement was wound, but could also be opened to gain access to the movement. The movement was secured to the case by case screws as opposed to hinge and latch. This is an American movement (Waltham) of a slightly earlier period than the one shown by Sands that shows the differences.
  2. With regard to the first watch. The initials WGH is the casemaker's mark of William George Hammon of Coventry. A casemaker in the 1890's. The movement I think is also English, and I can see that the front cover of the case is hinged from the side which would indicate that the movement is hinged at the 12 o'clock position and accessed from the front, not the rear. If I am correct then the procedure is as follows:- On opening the front cover you should see a tiny latch on the edge of the movement at the 6 o'clock position. In the edge of the latch there is usually a tiny groove just big enough to fit the edge of a finger nail. With your finger nail, press the latch towards the number 6. This releases the latch from the edge of the case and the whole movement and dial can be swung upwards ninety degrees to give you full access to the movement. A WORD OF WARNING! Be very careful that your finger nail does not slip from the latch and damage the second hand.
  3. Yes, it dates to circa 1918. It's from a run of 100 movements from 22104301 to 22104400 that were a mixture of lever set and pendant set, open face, 16 size movements. A great many Walthams were shipped to the UK as movements only and were cased by The Dennison Watch Case Co. of Birmingham. Your movement would fit into any American 16 size open face case, but ideally it should be in a Dennison case assuming that it is pendant set:-
  4. What's the serial number on the movement?
  5. Mmmmmm let me think about that …………...Still thinking...………….
  6. It's not bad. Keeps to about four or five minutes slow on a full wind, but it's more for admiring than it's time keeping. I don't wind it very often, but I do carry it quite a lot, usually with an American railroad watch in the other waistcoat pocket. Now that really keeps good time.
  7. This pair cased watch is by James Ilbery recorded as working at Queen Street, London, between 1755 and 1777. The style of the watch dates it to circa 1770/75. The facts that the movement has square pillars and has a worm and wheel set up and the style of the dial all point to this date. The two cases are gold plated over a base metal. The outer case has a cover turtle shell that is pinned into position. These cases are usually found in poor condition, but luckily this one is in great shape with a nice sheen. The movement is complete and working and in very nice condition. It is engraved with the maker's name Jas Ilbery London with the serial number 9011. The enamel dial is in superb condition wit no chips or hairlines.
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