Antique Sterling Silver Sovereign Case - Dennison Watch Case Co. Ltd - Birmingham 1912
This heavy example (32 grams) is engraved beautifully with scrolling pattern both front and back with the front (or back if you wish) with a round uninscribed round cartouche to which a monogram could still be added if desired.
Large at 3.4cm round (not including the top ring) and with the to9p ring this beauty drops a full 5cm.
Pop this eye catching beauty on your favourite chain or clip her to a dog clip or bolt ring, such a versatile piece!
Drop with top ring 5.0cm
Full UK hallmarks for Birmingham, Lion Passant for Sterling and date letter ’n’ for 1912
Very very good antique preowned condition. No dents or dings. Minor marks to silver, some patina. Inside spring loaded bed works perfectly. Opens and closes very safely and securely. Lovely antique piece.
HISTORY OF AARON LUFKIN DENNISON (1812-1895)
American born A. L. Dennison began his pioneering career in the watch industry by founding Waltham Watch Company. The company grew to become the largest watch manufacturer in the U.S.A at the time.
In 1863, the talented watchmaker moved to Zurich in Switzerland, as he found the Swiss were more advanced in the production of watch parts. He joined Tremont Watch Company, heading the manufacturing side of the business and helped in the formation of International Watch Co.
In 1871, A.L.D moved to England and after a short time in London he decided to setup home in Birmingham. A.L.D found a niche in the market for high-quality watch cases produced in large numbers and patented many designs for air and watertight cases. Originating from a small workshop on the side of the family home, the company called Dennison, Wigley & Company grew to produce 100,000 high-quality watch cases per annum. A.L.D died in 1895, but left behind a very worthy successor in his son, Franklin Dennison.Dennison Watch Case Co. Ltd was established in 1905 by Franklin Dennison and his son Major Gilbert Dennison, after acquiring the shares of Alfred Wigley.
Over the following 60 years, the company grew to become the largest watch company in England and known around the world for its fine Dennison Quality (DQ). Even with this success, the memory of the great founder was never forgotten, with almost all Dennison products signed with the assay mark ‘A.L.D’.
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