What can you tell me about this Pocket Watch?

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  1. f.webster

    f.webster Registered User
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    To start with I guess I should tell you what I know. It takes a number 5 watch key, it was in the lady's mother's stuff, and it runs.

    Please, if you know, tell me about it's origin, maker, and approximate manufactured date. And if you can, what does the inscription say...or mean?

    Thank you all for your help with this pocket watch.

    Pocket watch face.jpg case rear.jpg dust cover.jpg inside case.jpg inside dust cover.jpg movement.jpg
     
  2. JTD

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    The inscription says : Cylindre, No. 7775, 4 rubis.

    it is a description of the type of movement. It is doubtless Swiss and it needs cleaning.

    Others will be able tell you more.

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  3. svenedin

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    Definitely Swiss, bar movement, Cylinder with 4 jewels (balance and escape wheel pivots). It's a basic movement which would have been (dare I say it) cheap (relatively speaking) at the time and these watches were made in huge numbers. My guess on the date is 1880's. The inscription in French: Cylindre (cylinder) , 4 Rubis (jewels). If it runs don't run it much because it will be very dirty and the oil dried up. These movements are usually unsigned so very difficult to attribute a maker.
     
  4. f.webster

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    Thanks for the inputs. I didn't take French in school.

    Do you think the case is silver?
     
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    Yes I would think it is silver but what purity of silver is hard to say. Until 1881 it was not Swiss law to hallmark silver and even then only silver of a purity of at least 80% (0,800). If it is lower grade silver than 80% it will not be marked and if pre-1881 may or may not be marked. The Swiss marks until 1933 are Grouse 0,800, and Bear for higher purity silver. The marks are small compared to British hallmarks.
     
  6. f.webster

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    Is the "J.C." on the inside of the case a mark?

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    Yes probably something to do with the company that made the case. That won't be the same as the maker of the movement inside.
     

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