Antique Rare Victorian Solid Silver 1878 Fusee Lever W Ehrhardt Pocket Watch For Sale
PRESENTING THIS WEEK A PREMIUM COLLECTION OF VIKING, EGYPTIAN AND ROMAN ANTIQUITIES, ANTIQUE VICTORIAN AND AMERICAN POCKET WATCHES, BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE JADE ORNAMENTS AND OTHER UNIQUE COLLECTIBLES
RARE ANTIQUE 1878 VICTORIAN SOLID SILVER W EHRHARDT OF LONDON PREMIUM POCKET WATCH, BY "ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING ENGLISH WATCHMAKERS"
Overview: A beautiful, scarce (96 grams) 1878, solid silver pocket watch by W Ehrhardt of London, "One of the most interesting English watchmakers"; the case is fully hall-marked for 925 fine sterling silver, London 1878, with specialist casemaker marks JO for James Oliver
This scarce example has the watchmakers signature "W Ehrhardt" on the movement and also "London" even though Ehrhardt's works were based in Birmingham, a makers mark which he did with a few of his watches
This watch is a very good example, the superb premium movement is in excellent condition, it is running well, and takes a full wind by the key and runs till down over a 24 hour period. It is a key wound movement and also set by the key which is included
The case is a beautiful antique example by James Oliver of London, with a beautiful deep mirror finish to all surfaces; the front cover is engine turned with a blank cartouche to the centre, the case has light pocket wear, 2 shallow marks on the rear cover under the crown, which do not detract this lovely double hunter
Please read on, the movement and case details are listed below
The Movement: Is a W Ehrhardt of London (Birmingham) premium example fusee lever, key wound movement (key included). It is in excellent condition with a dust ring around the edge. This premium movement will offer exceptional time keeping, a service is recommended for optimum performance, currently running with a wonderful rich tick.
The movement is of the lift out style
The Fine Silver Case: Is a solid silver full Hunter hinged case with JO original James Oliver mark and is in very good condition with light pocket wear
Case Condition: The stem and bow ring are firm, the stem button is still present and works correctly, the front cover catch is worn and does close lightly, but still remains closed till release button pushed. There are 2 shallow marks at the top of the rear cover. The hinged inner glass bezel is in very good condition and opens and closes crisply, the case has crisp, clear hallmarks
The Dial: Is an original porcelain example, some light hairlines from the centre to the 10. The time is depicted by wonderful thick Gothic style Roman numerals. The gold hands are in good condition and the seconds dial is at the 6 o’clock position and is swept by a blue steel arrow hand
The Glass: The front glass has been replaced with an antique plexiglass example which is in good condition, some light surface marks
Dimensions: The watch is a large example, measuring just under 2 inches excluding the bow. The watch including the movement weighs 96 grams
A scarce example by William Ehrhardt (1831-1897) at Time Works, Barr Street, Hockley, Birmingham. The business was continued by his two sons William and Gustave
Ehrhardt were pioneers of machine-made watch production in England and suppliers of many Deck Watches to the Royal Navy. One of the most interesting English watchmakers of his time, Ehrhardt was a pioneer of advanced manufacturing techniques and holder of several UK Patents
William Ehrhardt was born in Germany in 1831, was apprenticed to a watchmaker there at the age of 15 and came to London for the Great Exhibition of 1851, then worked in London, Coventry and Birmingham. He eventually settled in Birmingham (England) and started as a watchmaker there in 1855
Over time he expanded the business and was instrumental in trying to modernise the English matchmaking methods. He had built and opened the 'Time Works', a substantial factory in Hockley, Birmingham (which is now known as 'The Jewellery Quarter). He opened his own factory in 1874 in Birmingham which made watchmaking machinery. He also started making watches and pocket chronometers for "The Admiralty". His son William took over the business after William senior died in 1897 and named it the British Watch Co in 1920
Brian Loomes mention in his book that "some watches were marked as made in London" (although they were actually made in Birmingham)
A scarce opportunity to acquire an antique W Ehrhardt of London pocket watch
A beautiful solid silver watch by W Ehrhardt of London, with a superb fusee lever movement, a scarce timepiece from a bygone era
Please see photos for exact condition
Box is for display only and not part of the sale
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