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SOLD - 18 ct Yellow Gold Half Hunter Pocket Watch - Antique Victorian 1881

An exceptional fine and impressive antique half hunter pocket watch in 18 carat yellow gold; part of our diverse watch collections

SKU: A3821
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SOLD - 18 ct Yellow Gold Half Hunter Pocket Watch - Antique Victorian 1881
SOLD - 18 ct Yellow Gold Half Hunter Pocket Watch - Antique Victorian 1881


This fine savonnette* style pocket watch has been crafted in 18ct yellow gold.

The hinged half hunter** style front cover displays Roman numeral hour markers within a plain border around the minute marked chapter ring which encircles the central circular 'window'.

The exterior covers of this exceptional example of an authentic Victorian solid gold half hunter pocket watch are embellished with impressive crisp engraved and pin struck decoration incorporating an interlaced design accented with floral motifs.

The reverse cover displays an impressive arrangement of the initials 'SJHP' in a contemporary engraved monogram to the centre.

The sides of this antique half hunter pocket watch are also embellished with scrolling leaf engraved decoration.

The watch case has a hinged back plate and interior hinged cover, both of which are clearly hallmarked.

The front cover is released by depressing the hallmarked winder.

The ring attachment is also hallmarked.

The white enamel dial is encircled with black Roman hour markers within a minute marked chapter ring, with the subsidiary seconds dial at six.

The dial clearly displays the maker's mark J. Sewill, 30 Cornhill, London.

The interior of the reverse hinged cover is fully hallmarked and opens to reveal the hallmarked and engraved inner cover, which in turn opens to reveal the movement.

The engraved inscription to the inner cover reads: Samuel H Peller, 1881, and the hallmarks include the gold guarantee mark (crown), the London Assay Office hallmark (leopard's head), the 18ct gold fineness mark (18), the maker's mark (FG) and the date letter for 1881 (F).

The movement is signed by J Sewill, 61, South Castle Street, Liverpool & 30 Cornhill, Royal Exchange, London. in addition to the serial number 35***.

The fine and impressive Victorian watch is fitted to the original hinged leatherette presentation case, which displays the maker's details to both the exterior and interior of the front cover.

NOTES *Pocket watches are normally classified according to the relationship between the seconds dial and the winding stem. If the two are at positioned at a 90 degree angle then the watch is a savonnette (sometimes spelled 'savonette'), if the two are in line then the watch is a lepine (named after Jean-Antoine Lépine).

**A savonnette style watch with a full metal cover is known as a Hunter. Savonnettes with a window to the centre of the cover through which the position of the hands can be seen is known as a Half Hunter or Demi Hunter.

Date: 1881


This original pocket watch is a very good gauge of gold, fine quality, and in exceptional condition.

The enamel dial is in perfect condition and the pin struck and engraved decoration is very crisp.

The hallmarks are clear.

The presentation cases is in very good condition in keeping with age; the push fit catch however is no longer operational.

The watch movement has been professionally cleaned and serviced, and is in full working order.

If necessary AC Silver is happy to assist you with any repair query in the future, however as this item is antique we are unable to guarantee parts will be replaceable.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of this item.


Diameter watch case 5cm/1.96"

Diameter across window 1.70cm/0.66"

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