David Taylor

David Taylor Pocket Watch

David Taylor Pocket Watch

This watch is displayed because of its American silver case stamped with the maker's mark "S&W Chicago".

Located in London, David Taylor, the name engraved on the movement, conducted a large trade with America from 1850 to 1864 according to Britten's Old Clocks and Watches and Their Makers, 9th Edition.

For other examples of an English movement cased in America see John Cragg, Thomas Blundell, George Harlow, William Mitchell.

American Casemaker

David Taylor Watch Movement

Contract Watch

High quality 15 jewel movement, serial number 7194, with lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensating balance with gold timing screws and diamond end stone. Mainspring set-up on the barrel bridge. Enamel dial with fleur-di-lies hands. Movement is engraved David Taylor, 27 Northampton Square, London. Signed dust cover. Likely dates to the early 1850s.

American Silver Case

S&W Chicago Silversmith

S&W Chicago Silversmith

Silver, likely coin silver, hunter case with faux (imitation) Chester marks, capital letter "H" within an unusual multi-star round shield. Case maker's mark "S&W Chicago" and serial number 7184.

Additional References and recommended reading:

  • Philip Priestley, Watch Case Makers of England, NAWCC Watch & Clock Bulletin Supplement No. 20 (1994)