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Victorian J W Benson Silver Ludgate Open Face Pocket Watch 1885

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Victorian J W Benson Silver Ludgate Open Face Pocket Watch 1885

SHORT DESCRIPTION
In full working order, this well cared for hallmarked silver open pocket face watch is hallmarked to outer and secondary cover for London 1885 and stamped with the makers mark JWB.
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DIMENSIONS
Dimensions of stand : 3 inches max wide, 3/4 inch high Dimensions of watch: 2 inches diameter
DATED
1885

 
FULL DESCRIPTION
In full working order, this well cared for hallmarked silver open pocket face watch is hallmarked to outer and secondary cover for London 1885 and stamped with the makers mark JWB.

The watch keeps excellent time and did not lose more than a second over a 48 hour period - timing is adjustable. Original throughout and the dial in very good condition.

The watch serial number is 26702 and the inscription on the movement cover reads
The Ludgate Watch
J W Benson
Patent No 4658
Best London Make
By Warrant to HM The Queen. Ludgate Hill. London

A beautiful and substantial watch by a renowned British maker. In the late 19th Century the quality of Benson watches was at its zenith, Queen Victoria was on the throne and the company held her Royal Warrant.

Shown here with a most beautiful accompanying polished jade and silver gilt watch stand with arcaded border and set on four tiny bun feet with bead decoration. Hall marked for London 1908 and stamped JCV.

John Collard Vickery was a fashionable gold and silversmith with a large double fronted shop on Londons Regent Street. Founded in 1890 the company went from strength to strength and was for renowned for beautiful design combined with high quality workmanship. John Vickery held the Royal Warrants to Queen Victoria, HM Queen Alexandra, TRH the Prince and Princess of Wales, HM the King of Sweden, HM the King of Portugal, HM the King of Spain, HM the Queen of Norway, TM the King and Queen of Denmark and to the Prince and Princess Christian of Schleswig Holstein. This watch stand was made at the high point of Vickerys output and is a very lovely example.

Both watch and stand in fine condition, the watch with only minor and light surface wear consistent with age and very careful use (a key for winding is provided). The stand with wear to the gilding on the base of the feet and some wear to the corners of the polished jade block - not visible but can just about be felt when running your finger over the very tips of the corners.

This beautiful watch and equally lovely stand have been together for most of their lives and probably since 1908 when the stand was made. A lovely pairing and a most handsome gift for a special man.