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

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.
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)

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Tagged with: gents watches, key watches, pocket watches, london 1856
Themes this item is part of: Horology Collection, 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

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.

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