Historical information

The initials on this watch are not clear but, even so, no information is available on the original owner, whether the initials are ‘J.T.F.’ or not. The makers, Hunt and Roskell, were a firm of manufacturing and retailing jewellers and silversmiths in England in the 19th century (founded 1843 and taken over by J.W. Benson in 1889 and continuing to trade as Hunt and Roskell Limited until 1965).

Significance

This watch is suitable for display material only unless some provenance can be established

Physical description

This is a silver watch with an outer casing covering the dial but showing the time in a smaller circular frame. The figures are Roman numerals on the dial and on the outer casing. The second hand is missing and the hour hand is bent. The dial has an inset showing the seconds. The face has black markings on a white background. There is a large ring at the top of the case for attachment to a chain.

Inscriptions & markings

Back of watch case: ‘J.T.F.’ (?) Inside case: ‘69188’ Back of watch: ‘Examined by Hunt & Roskell, 156 New Bond Street, London’