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Dang, you have better junk boxes than I do. All I ever seem to find is old Corvair parts and mouse poop.
I'd be more likely to donate to an Australian institute. Since I could likely still have hands on involvement.Before you chuck anything away, consider donating to a horology school. Gem City College still teaches the clock and watch trade, and always needs supplies.
For anyone interested in Gaunt or other clockmakers in Victoria, Judy Hose published the book "Clockmakers and watchmakers operating in the State of Victoria from Settlement to Federation". This has a few more details on GauntThen there was this.
Thomas Gaunt & Co. (Melbourne, Australia), late 19th century manufacturer and retailer of jewellery, clocks, watches and decorative items
Thomas Gaunt (1829-1890) was born in London and arrived in Melbourne as a trained clockmaker and optician about 1856. He opened a business at the top of Bourke Street and as well as making and retailing clocks and watches, sold clocks, jewellery and silver.
In about 1870 he moved his business to a corner shop in the Royal Arcade.
He was the official timekeeper for the Victorian Racing Club and occupied the judge's box, although he had no interest in horseracing. He donated a chronometer to the VRC which displayed the time of a race to an accuracy of .25 of a second. Through his timing duties he was able to build up a large clientele from the racing fraternity.
He had strong religous beliefs and connection to the Catholic Church, and supplied much of the church's ecclesiastical plate. On his death it was noted that 2 of his 4 daughters were with the church as nuns.
He made many of the clocks in Melbourne's public buildings, including those for the Melbourne Post office lobby, and the Hotham and Emerald Hill town halls, the latter for which he won an award at the 1880-81 Melbourne International Exhibition. Thomas Gaunt died in 1890 and his executors continued the business after his death. In 1893 the name of the business was changed to T. Gaunt & Co.
In a supplement to "The Argus" newspaper in Melbourne in 1837 it was noted the business was still operating; the date it closed is not known.
If I hear someone say "steampunk" one more time, I'm going for the jugular.What a chore, but it looks like you have found some watches that are definitely worth saving! Rather than tossing the cheap stuff, you might be surprised how many people would likely take it off your hands to "repurpose." No, the watches wouldn't be saved, but neither would the landfill be burdened with the remains.