I have an 18 ct. gold watch signed on woekings James Hux ofXXXXXPiccadilly . It appears to be gold throughout with fancy engraving all over face side and rear and multi colouring engravings around the outside edge of the face ddiameter approx 1 1/2"Glass face just cracked but watch itsel;f undamaged although I don't know if it works as I have no key .Left to me by my parents 20 years ago Any ideas ?
Not a lot apart from trying to find out anything about J Hux
Hi Bob, My name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you. I've spent about an hour researching found that his wifes name was Mary Ann. James Hux is not listed in the G.H. Baillie book of watchmakers & clockmakers of the world which has some 36,000 names. Most of all the listings that I found referr to him making the inner workings of watch and clock movements. Most of the times the case was made by one person the movement by another person and sold by another company such as like Tiffany does. The time frame of his work from the earliest that I found dates 1847 the latest work that I found was 1868 so his work spanned some 21 years at least. The watch case being made of 18K gold will be quite valuable plus the historic value the glass dial cover can be fixed and a key can be found In good body and running condition the watches value would be around $1900.00 to $2500.00 + depending on the collector and how it is marketed. This is all I can tell you I hope it helps. Thanks Mike
I found this listing with the same name and address on it like your watch has.
A good Victorian ebony and silver mounted desk clock and inkstand, dated 1852, the case stamped 'W.G.ROGERS' carved as a bird above garland and silver clock with Gothic column below flanked by scroll shoulders, upon a breakfronted base with pen well and two cut glass and silver lidded bottles marked for Robert Garrard, the circular 6. 5cm enamel dial marked 'James HuxXXXXX Piccadilly' (cracked), the drum gong striking movement signed on the gilt brass backplate 'James HuxXXXXXPiccadilly', with key and strike wind, and 'Set Hands' knob, slow-fast adjustment to the platform balance wheel, the screw back with maker's mark CW and engraved with various presentation inscriptions of the medical profession from 1852 to 1964,34cm high
I found the name and address in the London Gazette in Feb. 26, 1859 & 1862
Hux, James, ofXXXXX Piccadilly May 2000 p41 clocks magazine
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