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Delaware London pocket watch

James The Swede

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Hi all, does anybody know about Delaware London pocket watches. Very thanksful for any response. Cheers for now James in very cold and snowy Sweden.

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JTD

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Perhaps your enquiry would do better in the pocket watch section. You can click on the 'report' button at the bottom of your post and ask a moderator to move it for you.

JTD

Glad it's been moved - I'm sure someone will be able to help you.

JTD
 
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James, cheers from very cold Northern Illinois (near Chicago), minus 9 Celsius last night. Thank you for posting your question. You have me stumped, but perhaps others on the Forum can provide more information.

I can not find any retailer with the name Delaware working in London, or anywhere for that matter. Apparently, the river "Delaware" was named after an early American colonial-era governor who's name was Baron De La Warr. So, I'm thinking that "Delaware" as a family name is uncommon, especially in England. But, it is possible that the name on your watch is the name of a first owner of the watch. I do wonder what happened to the Baron and his descendants and perhaps there is a family connection to this watch - - admittingly, a very long shot thought. Retailers were happy to engrave owner names on watches to facilitate a sale. Do you know if the watch was ever in America? Are there any watch papers within the case? And, could you post pictures of the sets hallmarks located on the pair case? That would identify when the movement was cased. Good luck!
 

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James

Please post photographs of the case marks.

From what I can see it looks as if it may possibly be a Coventry made verge that has been signed with a fictious London retailer's name as a marketing ploy.

John
 

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Greetings from Melbourne Austrlalia, where its currently in the mid 30s centigrade, and predicted to be a less than chilly 41 tomorrow.

Here is some info on De La Warr, sometimes spelt Delaware


there is a famous Art Deco building in the UK called the De La Warr pavilion, built by the barons ancestors... but I agree that Delaware is an unlikely name for a watchmaker
 

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