Basic horological resources for newcomers?

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  1. CEGaudet

    CEGaudet Registered User

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    Hello,

    I recently undertook the task of researching a pocket watch that's been in my family since the late 1800s and have really enjoyed reading the incredibly informed responses to queries on this forum. However, for someone like me who doesn't have the vocabulary of an horologist, I sometimes have a hard time following. Are there any basic resources - on the web or otherwise - for newcomers like myself who want to know the difference between sponsor marks, and assay office marks or how German and English styles differ, and other things like that to use as a reference when scanning posts?

    Many thanks,
    Connor
     
  2. FDelGreco

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    There are two out of print books that may be helpful that you might find on bookfinder.com. They are:

    "Questions and Answers of and for the Clockmaking Profession" by Joseph G. Baier, and "The Clock & Watch Pronunciary" by Malcolm C. Gerschler.

    Good luck!
    Frank
     
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  3. CEGaudet

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    Thanks for the suggestions Frank! And thanks for introducing me to BookFinder! How have I never heard of this site? I collect rare and antique books and spend a lot of time duplicating searches across all these sites! I'm a little embarrassed I didn't know about it but thrilled to find out! Thanks!
     
  4. harold bain

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    Donald De Carle's Watch and Clock Encyclopedia would help you with horologic terms and their meanings.
     
  5. CEGaudet

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    Terrific, thank you Harold! That looks like just the thing!
     
  6. gmorse

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    Hi Connor,

    For UK watch case makers, and our hallmarking system generally, the standard reference book is Philip Priestley's 'Watch Case Makers of England 1720-1920', which is NAWCC Bulletin Supplement 20, Spring 1994. For an online understanding of hallmarks, visit David Boettcher's website here, which has a lot of other good stuff as well as hallmarks. There are also a number of books on the subject, including a very handy pocket-sized guide called Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks available from the Sheffield Assay Office.

    Regards,

    Graham
     
  7. CEGaudet

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    Thanks very much Graham, this is a great site! I look forward to seeing if I can decipher the faint markings on my watch.
    Best,
    Connor
     

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