I was asked by a member if Robert Roskell signed his watches one the barrel plate or the rear plate? I have to admit I was not sure, because over the first 50,000 I thought Roskell put his name where it best fitted. So I again took out my files on Roskell, and did a search through some two hundred photographs I have here on Robert Roskells pocket watches.Could this be a way to help date the watches, well the answer is yes and no. The watch pictured on the front of the the Roskell file No.172, Signed Roskell 172 on the Barrel plate-and it seems up to the 10.000 mark they were all signed on the barrel plate with small alterations of the signature- Roskell, R. Roskell, Rt. Roskell and Rob. Roskell, later even Robt. Roskell. Of course there are exceptions, No.10,008 is signed on the rear plate.From then on it is a mix of the two styles. I also noticed on the few that have his name on the dial, the signature would be the same on the watch plate-so if not there is something amiss. So all this tells us at the moment is early Roskells will be signed on the barrel plate, then its back to the numbers for verification. The dial shown here is from No.172-half hunter dials are rare on Rack levers?