Edward Glasgow Pocket Watch

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  1. groundhog

    groundhog Registered User

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    I came across an old pocket watch with a rather unique design. It's an old hunter style but with a small crystal in the front cover that has Roman numerals around it. It's signed 'Edward Glasgow' on the dial which (for some reason) made me think it was from England. The movement is a Waltham 15j. The case read 'Sun' A.L.D. Dennison Watch Case Co.
    Any ideas??
     
  2. Dr. Jon

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    A L Dennison was a Waltham founder but was forced out in an early re-organization and went to England where he became a case maker and importer of Waltham watches.

    He correctly observed that the English market was ripe for imports of Waltham Watches. Kemp in his book on the Englishman's Watch writes that it was probably a Waltham.

    Waltham advertised regularly in the Horological Journal the trade magazine of the UK.

    From your description you have a Half hunter case. This was the most expensive style. The hour hand usually has to "bulbs on it but may also have the bulb near the center with a long pointer. They did this so the wearer can tell the hour from the minute hand.


     
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    George Edward (spelled without the "s") was a watchmaker in Glasgow. He is listed as working around 1860.

    Since your watch is a Waltham it obviously wasn't made by him. It would have been sold by him (or his successors) in a retail shop.

    Dennison started his case making business in England in 1872, so your watch was probably made around, or after, that date. But you can date it by the Waltham serial number on the movement.

    Jerry
     
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    Glad to help. Your case probably has English hallmarks. (It will if it is gold or silver) Check Shugart to de-cypher them. They should tell the city where the case was tested, probably London, The metal and the year it was tested. The covers should each have at least four marks.
     
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    The "Sun" marking on the Dennison case would indicate that the case is gold filled rather than solid gold. As such, it would not have the traditional English hallmarks stamped into the case.
     

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