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Britain's (English) Watch Companies and Watchmakers
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Charles Frodsham & Co. Ltd Chronometer, watch & clock Makers from 1894 to the present time. Now located at 32 Bury St St. James London. There were several members of the Frodsham family engaged in the watch & clock industry. The most famous being Charles Frodsham b.1810-d. 1871. Additional information on the Frodsham Family can be found in the following publications.

"The Frodshams" by Vaudrey Mercer.
"100 years of Precision Timekeepers from John Arnold to Arnold & Frodsham" by Hans Staeger.
11-19-2007 02:00 PM Go to last post
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E. Dent & Company London Watch, Chronometer,and Clockmakers since 1814.

The firm was established by Edward John Dent . Dent's chronometers were used by some of the most influential and colorful explores. He made astronomical clocks, one of which was for the British Admiralty. Dent received a Royal Warrant as the official watch and clockmaker to Her Majesty Queen Victoria. His most famous contribution was that he was given the contract to build The Great Clock for the Houses of Parliament, familiarly known as "Big Ben".

Additional information on the Dent Family can be found in the following publication. "Edward John Dent and his Successors" by Vaudrey Mercer
12-09-2007 04:13 AM Go to last post
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The father & son made many watches, chronometers and clocks during their lifetime.

See- "John Arnold & Son" by Vaudrey Mercer
12-15-2007 04:28 AM Go to last post
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James William Benson 62-64 Ludgate Hill London. Made medium to high grade watches. They were makers to the Admiralty & By Warrant to H.M. the Queen.

Watches 1850-1980 by M. Cutmore
Pocket Watches 19th & 20 th Century by Alan Shenton
Watches by Shugart-Engle -Gilbert
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Started by Adolphe Nicole & Jules Capt, 80b Dean St. London. Moved to 14 Soho Square- 1837-1934. They invented chronograph watches, & chronograph split second watches. They made movements for E. J. Dent, Charles Frodsham and others.
11-19-2007 03:41 AM Go to last post
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Thomas mercer Snr. b. 1822 d. 1900 Founder of Thomas Mercer, 1858 Chronometer and Clockmakers of St Albans made over 6,000 2 day & 8 day marine chronometers. Thomas Mercer jnr. b. 1876 d. 1935 took over the business with his brother in 1900. They made 2 day & 8 day marine chronometers as well as watches. The company also made electric wind and chronometer clocks until 1984, when the business was bought by Sinclair Harding of Cheltenham, Glos, where the trade was carried on.

For further information see- "Chronometer Makers of the World" by Tony Mercer
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One of Englands greatest clock and watchmakers. He made some of the first watches with balance-springs. In 1701 he was in partnership with Edward Banger and in 1711, in partnership with George Graham. There are several one year clocks (two in Buckinghamn Palace). His watches and clocks are seen in most of the worlds museums.

See- "Thomas Tompion his life and Work" by R.W. Symonds & Thomas
"Tompion at the Dial and Three Crowns" by Jeremy Evans.
12-15-2007 07:39 AM Go to last post
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