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Pocket Watch - G. Croft & Co, Coventry, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 028868

Summary:
Gents pocket watch, German silver case, open face, G. Croft & Co., Coventry & London, circa 1880.

Issued to Victorian Railways staff. Said by donor to be one of the first watches issued to Victorian Railways staff.

The donor, Fritz Joachim Schlegel, was a Victorian railway employee. He served in the German Army during World War II, and was a 'camera assistant' at the time of his discharge in 1946. He appears to have arrived in Australia some time between 1952 and 1963 and lived for many years with his family near Geelong.
Description:
German silver case, open face. White enamel dial has roman numerals.

Key wound spring; lever escapement. Balance wheel is external to back plate. Has separate cock.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from F. Schlegel, 1974
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1.7 cm (Width), 4.8 cm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: gents watches, key watches, pocket watches, london 1856, horology
Themes this item is part of: Science & Measurement Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Victorian Railways (VR), Spencer Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Branch
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Watches
Tertiary Classification: england
Inscriptions: Back plate is marked 'G. Croft & Co, Coventry & London' and '27089'. Dial is marked 'G. Croft & Co'. Case is marked 'Croft' and '27089'.

Outside of case is marked 'Victorian Railways', badly worn.
Issued By: Victorian Railways (VR), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1880

Said by donor to be one of the first watches issued to Victorian Railways staff.
Maker: G. Croft & Co, Coventry & London, England, Great Britain

B. Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, p.54 gives date of 1880.
Previous Owner: Fritz Schlegel

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