R.F.Cowderoy Pocket Watch - London - need answers

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  1. I have come across a English pocket watch - R.F.Cowderoy. It has 27 Charring St. New Road London 2299 Written on movement. I would like to know if anyone can give me any information on it, date, jewels, maker?

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  2. Dr. Jon

    Dr. Jon Moderator
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    Dec 14, 2001
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    Date looks to be between 1860 and 1880. English watch cases with hallmarks can be dated but bare movements are harder.

    English watch industry was collection of specialty craftsmen. Cowderoy may have done anything from getting it from a large maker to buying a movement and sending it to the various specialists.

    The center does not look jeweled but I can't tell for sure from your picture. It also depends on whether the pallet jewels are capped which are not visble from the pictires. teh excape wheel looks jeweled so the jewel count is between 15 and 17. English makers thought most jewels were superfluous and only did them for customers who demanded them. Still yours seems to have a higher than usual jewel count.

    England had a very conservative market, so older styles stayed on the market for a long time.
  3. Frank Menez

    Frank Menez Registered User

    Jul 11, 2003
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    Watchmakers & Clockmakers of the World Vol 2
    by Brian Loomes

    R. F. Cowderoy London 1857-63
  4. Jerry Matthews

    Jerry Matthews Registered User

    Sep 20, 2005
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    There are two R F Cowderoys of London listed in Loomes (2006 ed). The first is listed as working mid-18th century. Your watch is clearly not by him. The second, Richard F Cowderoy is listed as working 1857-63, which is more like it.

    If the watch has a silver (or gold) case, the hallmark will be a very good indication of when it was made. If you can post a clear close-up of the hallmark we can put a date on it for you.

  5. I do not have the case, only the movement. I seems to have a diamond balance jewel
  6. neighmond

    neighmond Registered User

    Jan 31, 2003
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    That movement was a pretty big deal in its day-it has extra pairs of jewels and a duplex escapement. I bet someone was proud of it!

    Be sure and cork the escape wheel before removing the balance assembly-if you damage the 'scape wheel there isn't a watchmaker in a hundred that can make a new one!

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