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Pocket Watch - R. Gilbert & Sons, Barrow, 1818 Object Reg. No: ST 026319

Gents pocket watch, silver case, R. Gilbert & Sons, Barrow, no 23118, 1818.
Silver case, open face. White enamel dial has roman numerals, seconds dial at 6 and gold hands.

Key wound spring; lever escapement. Fusee and chain.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs E. Garden, 1968
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 2 cm (Width), 5.4 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: gents watches, key watches, pocket watches, 1814 pocket watch, spoons, 23076, horology
Themes this item is part of: Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Watches
Tertiary Classification: england
Inscriptions: Dial is marked 'R. Gilbert & Sons, Manufacturers'. Has Birmingham hallmark for 1817-1818 (lion, anchor, small t in pointed shield). Back plate is marked 'R. Gilbert & Sons', 'Barrow & Dalton' and '23118'.
Maker: R. Gilbert & Sons, Barrow & Dalton, England, Great Britain, 1818


Simeon Gilbert Posted on 28 May 2010 6:38 PM
This was probably made by my great great great Grandfather, or possibly my great great great great Grandfather. Glad to see it is in safe hands. I must visit one day and see it. Take care of it! Cheers, Simeon Gilbert
Jeff Mulford Posted on 17 Jun 2010 3:05 AM
I have a J Gilbert pocket watch. It reads tempus Fugit inside watch case. And it is a key wind,silver case? Would like info.
Discovery Centre Posted on 17 Jun 2010 1:06 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Jeff, it's hard for us to give information based on such a brief description. We recommend that you do further research based on your observations of hallmarks and serial numbers on the watch or have a horologist examine it for you to provide information. See our Question of the Week for further advice on researching your watch.
Emmanuel Gilbert Posted on 01 Jan 2012 8:40 PM
J. Gilbert most likely Joseph Gilbert Based in Geneva which would date the watch at about 1860 or later, He Is also possible relation to Richard though facts are Scetchy On that One.
Simeon Gilbert Posted on 18 Apr 2012 12:52 PM
The date on this watch is very interesting. The Richard Gilbert (my great great grandfather) who we thought was the founder of R Gilbert & Sons was born about 1848. So either there was another generation or two before him watch making, or the movement is in an older case, or possible the date on the hallmarks is mistaken. Anyone that can shed further light, I would be very interested.
Roger Posted on 01 Jan 2013 2:49 AM
Hi I have a fusee pocket watch movement signed Gilbert & Son Belfast ???.
Paul Posted on 15 Jan 2013 2:53 AM
I have a top wind pocket watch by R Gilbert & Sons,Coventry and Barrow,makers to the admiralty.Is this a later model or would it be dated about 1920? The movement is in an elgin usa case.
Coventry watch Museum Posted on 13 May 2013 6:29 AM
we have recently seen a pocket watch the face is marked " makers to the admiralty R Gilbert & son ltd , Coventry and Barrow. the case is a Denisson(handsworth birmingham)and hallmarked for 1915. Interestingly the movement is by Williamson (coventry) and it might indicate that Gilberts were operating more in their capacity as jewellers at that time and either buying watches in or assembling them from ready made units
Brian Townson Posted on 20 May 2013 10:32 AM
I also have a similar time piece signed on the face "R GILBERT& SONS BARROW & DALTON". The case is hallmarked for Chester with the letter "C" to indicate 1886 There is also a mark of C.H in a chamfered rectangle which appears to be the mark of Charles Harris of Coventry (casemaker) Reg. July 1878 and in use between 1879-1890,it may also be the mark of Charles Horner who had a very similar mark but is listed more for thimbles etc.An interesting point is my serial No. is 22946 which is prior to your example but my date is about 70 years after. This watch belonged to my grandfather who lived at Holker which is in the Furness area.the comments about makers to the admiralty could be quite correct as Barrow was a major shipbuilding town at the time

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