pocket watch movement details

Discussion in 'European & Other Pocket Watches' started by adam sloan, Mar 31, 2017.

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  1. adam sloan

    adam sloan Registered User

    Sep 26, 2014
    manufacturing jeweller/designer
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    #1 adam sloan, Mar 31, 2017
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    trying to date this pocket watch and find info on the maker
    its a lever fusee movement thats very well made and finished
    with a huge diamond end stone at around 10pts
    makers name is j or i bowen london
    the dial is quite dommed

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  2. novicetimekeeper

    novicetimekeeper Registered User

    Jul 26, 2015
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    I think that is Jn for John.
  3. Les harland

    Les harland Registered User

    Apr 10, 2008
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    Loomes Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World lists:-
    Bowen John London Long Acre and Coventry Street c1800-11
    Bowen John London 1828 -81 may be the same man as above
  4. MartyR

    MartyR Super Moderator
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    Dec 16, 2008
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    My source, based on trade directories, lists the following for John Bowen:

    1808 143 Longacre
    1822 (Bowen & Holt) 2 Titchbourne Street
    1841 2 Titchbourne Street
    1856 3 Coventry Street
    1882 20 Brewer Street

    It seems pretty obvious that between 1808 and 1822 John Bowen partnered with Holt, and by 1841 that partnership has been dissolved.

    All of these entries were in the watchmaker sections of the directories, and John Bowen is identified also as a goldsmith and chronometer maker (in the 1856 directory).

    By the way, a Thomas Bowen is listed in 1808 at 6 Charing Cross Road, and a Samuel Bowen in 1882 in St Martins Lane.

    My guess (based on the shape and size of the balance cock) is that your watch dates to between 1810 and 1830.
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