Charles Frodsham, 84 Strand London, No. 05336 AD Fmsz, Movement No. 05336, AD Fmsz, Case No. 05336, 50 mm, 119 g, circa 1875
A gentleman's classic English pocket watch Case: 18k gold, polished, engraved monogram "AMV", gold dome, case maker's punch mark "CF" (Charles Frodsham). Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, numbered, signed, blued spade hands. Movm.: 4/5 plate movement, frosted, gilt, signed, going barrel, screwed gold chatons, English lever escapement, gold screw compensation balance, florally engraved balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
Charles Frodsham (1810-1871) Frodsham was a maker of very fine watches, originally of the Strand, London, and then New Bond Street. His best quality watches bear the letters AD.Fmsz, which is interpreted as 1850, the year he bought J.R. Arnold's estate after his death; the firm was known for a short period as Arnold and Frodsham. He conducted many experiments with compensated balances and the balance spring to discover their underlying principles; he also wrote several papers on technical subjects.
Estimate 1,500 - 1,900 €
Price Realised 2,500 €
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