1. William EHRHARDT, Birmingham. No 27072


    Unusually large English lever pocket watch. Finely engraved silver case with gold joints and blue enamel garter on rear cover, hallmarked Birmingham 1872, casemaker WE (Ehrhardt). Capped fullplate fusee movement, numbered but not otherwise signed, looking like some enlarged model of a typical Ehrhardt, machine-made movement of the period, the cap stamped H. Single-roller lever escapement. Large (very large) compensation balance and spiral balance-spring. Enamel dial, original blued-steel hands. 73 mm diameter.

    William Ehrhardt, Time Works, Barr Street, Hockley, Birmingham. One of the first and most influential, large scale manufacturers of machine-made gold and silver watches in England, established in 1854. On his death in 1897, the factory had over 400 employees and produced over 500 watches per week. That said, this is the only example of this huge size of watch I have seen, nearly 50% bigger than a standard pocket watch - see it next to a normal sized watch when you click to enlarge the image.

    Dial with hair cracks, case engraving showing some light wear and the dome later engraved: Leonard Durham, from HG�Aug 1930. Otherwise a rare and possibly unique example of this important makers output. Cleaned and ready for use, supplied with a properly fitting key, if wanted.

    NB. The watch weighs a hefty 330 gms and I have a suitable (in size, proportion and date) silver chain available, if wanted. Ref:31657 - Massive graduated curb-link 'single Albert' watch chain with T-bar and single drop with attached engraved medallion. Maker J.R (possibly James Walter Redmond), both clip and T-bar hallmarked 1871. Medallion without previous owner's monogram or presentation engraving.140 gms. £250 if bought with the watch.