New HUKIN & HEATH, Birmingham - Watch Stand

HUKIN & HEATH, Birmingham - Watch Stand


Unusual combined watch stand with magnifying glass front and chamberstick night light, circa 1890.

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Manufactured in electroplate, the tray at the bottom takes a short metal clad candle 'night light,' often now sold as tea lights. The thick domed magnifies the view of the dial and effectively shields the watch from the heat of the candle. The last image shows it with a standard sized keyless watch of the period, 50 mm diameter. NB: The watch is not being sold with the stand.

Jonathan Hukin and John Heath, manufacturing silversmiths and electroplaters, established in Birmingham in 1855, the 'H&H' silver mark first entered in 1875. The firm is perhaps most well known for its association with the important designer Dr Christopher Dresser. Making and selling a host of different household and table wares (toast racks, etc), this is only the second example I have ever seen of this rare watch night stand. 

In good clean condition although one of the three feet may be lacking, but it does not need it to stand correctly as the rear foot would appear to be redundant.