Silver Demi-Hunter Pocket Watch, Dated 1919, J W Benson, London


Silver Demi-Hunter pocket watch, Dated 1919, J W Benson, London
Both the case and movement are made by J W Benson of 62/64 Ludgate Hill.
Engraved with original owners initials
J W Benson was founded by two brothers, James William Benson and Samuel Suckley Benson in 1847. They promoted themselves as watchmakers, gold and silversmiths of Cornhill in the City of London. In addition to manufacturing their own watches and jewellery, they were also importers and retailers dealing in fine gemstones and precious metals. After just eight years, the partnership was dissolved in 1855 and J.W. Benson carried on alone. Benson was regarded as one of Victorian London’s most prestigious retail jewellers and he also manufactured his own watch movements. His business expanded over the years and he added additional premises in Ludgate Hill (1854-1937), Old Bond Street (1872-3), and Royal Exchange (1892-1937). The company flourished and proudly boasted an elite client base made up of both British and European royalty, celebrities and wealthy industrialists and businessmen. Benson was also an official watchmaker to the Admiralty & the War Department.

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