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FORD AND GALLOWAY LTD Birmingham SWISS MADE Half Hunter Fob Watch c.1898 Restoration Project


FORD AND GALLOWAY LTD Birmingham SWISS MADE Half Hunter Fob Watch c.1898 Restoration Project

Silver marks on the crown – rubbed away from loop - Front: Black Roman numerals on white background – milled edge -

Back: engine turned with framed empty cartouche. Easily opened to reveal Swiss + [cross] No. 359352 Box Stamped 0.935 – Bear x 3 – Scratch Mark 20[or 6]11,399X – 2 apertures for winding. Inside Back of Workings again No. 359352 Swiss + [cross] Bear x 3 Box stamped 0.935. Bear 875% Silver 1881-1933. History: In 1888, in response to the British Merchandise Marks Act, the Swiss authorities introduced a higher standard of silver of 0·935 that was intended to be the equivalent of British sterling silver, the minimum standard of silver that the Act permitted to be imported. The Swiss bureaux de contrôle were authorised to assay this standard and hallmark watch cases that met it with a hallmark of three bears; one small bear above two large bears as shown in the picture here. Ford Galloway & Co, Birmingham Ford Galloway were both jewellers and watchmakers based at 10 Vyse Street in Birmingham.

Condition: This watch has been kept in a tin with one of the hands and other parts which I presume were all once present in the watch. I don’t believe that all the parts are there but only an expert would know. Total rebuild, clean and other attention to regain its’ true unique quality. So many questions could be applied to the case and parts alone. Will continue living in tin with the remaining parts for buyer. Diameter: 2” Weight: 5 oz


SKU GJB955 129 sb

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