This pocket watch was made between 1850 and 1900 by Charles Frodsham & Co. The firm was founded by Charles Frodsham, who was born into a dynasty of clock, watch and chronometer makers in 1810. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to his father William and formed his own business in 1834.
By the mid-1850s Charles had established himself as one of the period’s most eminent horologists, renowned for producing high-quality precision timekeeping instruments including watches, clocks and regulators. The firm continued after his death in 1871; Charles Frodsham & Co. are the longest continuously trading firm of chronometer manufacturers in the world.
The dial on this pocket watch is made from enamel and has an up and down indicator. The watch has a lever escapement. The movement is made from brass with a three-quarter plate. The watch has a flat hairspring without an overcoil. The hands are made from blued steel. The open-face case, inscribed with H.M. London, is made from silver, although it is not original.
This watch entered RAMM’s collection as part of a bequest from Mr Clement Francis Venn of Craddock, Devon, in May 1928.
This object is not on display.