Make sure your marks match the official UK hallmarks.) The most important point in identifying UK hallmarks is to find the assay town mark. There are four assay offices still in operation in the UK: London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Sheffield.The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office is the London hallmark - our town mark is the leopard's head.For example, it was not common for a pocket watch to have a second hand until after 1800, according to Cooksey Shugart, author of “Complete Price Guide to Watches.” If the watch has a case that identifies it as a Waltham and the inside bears another watchmaker name, the entire watch may have been placed in a different case.Another indication of replacement parts is subtle differences in the color of the metal.
Some pocket watches have a hinged back, with a tiny indentation for lifting the back; others have threads that screw the back onto the bezel.Richard holds a bachelor's degree in English and business administration.She has operated a small business for more than 20 years.Look at the entire pocket watch before establishing a date.The case may not be the original, and replacement parts are common.Silver hallmarks may be researched on the 925-1000 website (see Resources below), and gold hallmarks are detailed at The British Horological Institute website.Check the manufacturer and the serial number to date the pocket watch.Use the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) website (see References) or a book on watches to find this information. Similar dates for the watchcase and the watch movement should indicate that the timepiece is in its original case, and will provide an estimated date for the pocket watch.Linda Richard has been a legal writer and antiques appraiser for more than 25 years, and has been writing online for more than 12 years.Check the name of the manufacturer on the watch face.Write the information out as you work so it will be available for researching the date.She and her husband enjoy remodeling old houses and are currently working on a 1970s home.The sponsors' mark indicates either the manufacturer or person who sent the article for hallmarking.There may also be a number on the inside of the case, and maybe the name of the maker.