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Hello Graham. Thank you for the quick reply and great information. my son-in-law will be delighted. Much appreciated.Hi Quarter2,
From what I can see of the rather dark pictures, the hunter case is 18 carat gold, (and without a visible town mark I'm guessing that it's London), with a date letter of 'b' for 1896/7, and a maker/sponsor mark of 'J.A' for James Ayres at 70 Wynyat Street, Clerkenwell. (Information from Philip Priestley's book on English watchcase makers).
The movement is a 3/4 plate lever with a signature that is most probably for its retailer. The actual maker of the movement, as usual, is not marked.
Hello John. This is excellent information. As usual, I am never disappointed coming for help on the forum. Much appreciated, thanks.I believe I have correctly deciphered the address as 27 Packington Street occupied by (E) J Morrison as listed in the London 1895 PO directory. Identified as a clock maker, but I have found no other reference to him (others my have some information), but if he is otherwise unknown, he was probably a retailer and repairer of clocks who also sold watches. He is not listed as a watch maker in the commercial section.
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The movement has similarities to a range made by W Ehrhardt - eg on the left is from 1892/93
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