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    Posted 8 years ago

    SamanthaIn…
    (4 items)

    Hi again - this little pocket watch was my partner's fathers and may have come from his grandfather. He has no idea if it is valuable or not and I can't find the makers mark anywhere - I can find similar but they always seem to be in line rather than in four points like this one. Is this silver or silver plated or neither? I know the pics aren't great - my photo won't zoom in nicely - the top one is a lion passant (I think!) the right hand side looks like a 'q' the bottom says SP in an oval and the left side is a shield? within a ?lozenge shape or could it be the outline of a panther's head or something? Any help much appreciated. Many thanks. Samantha. x

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      Looks like the top one is the Lion Passant....and the other one is a Monarch head in a shield.....

      http://www.wheathills.com/images/silver_hallmarks.jpg

      http://www.wheathills.com/pages/identify_silver_hallmarks.aspx

      http://governmentauctionsuk.com/asset/images/insite-images/platemarks1.jpg

      Sterling Silver..........has the Lion Passant on it
    2. SamanthaInTotnes SamanthaInTotnes, 8 years ago
      Thank you - I was thinking it was sterling silver. So that means it doesn't matter how the symbols are arranged? :)
    3. SamanthaInTotnes SamanthaInTotnes, 8 years ago
      I've just found another site - could that be London's assay mark - the head in shield? http://www.acsilver.co.uk/shop/pc/British-English-Silver-Hallmarks-d84.htm
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      London.
      The 'q' looks like 1871.
      Check here:
      http://www.925-1000.com/dlc_london.html
      SP is the maker's mark:
      http://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Makers/London-SJ-SR.html#SP

    5. SamanthaInTotnes SamanthaInTotnes, 8 years ago
      Thank you - all starting to piece together now! I've bookmarked that maker's mark site - it's much better than one I've been using. I've changed my mind on the mark - think it's SF (the F is just a blur really - so could have been either a p or f) Samuel Freeman (dates seen are 1862 and 1880) from Coventry which would make sense of the assay mark being a leopard's head. I'd like to have a look inside - any idea on how to open the back anyone? I can see a little bit that I can push down but I don't know what to do then! :) thanks again. Samantha.

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