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Antique & Immaculate Fusee Pocket Watch, by B.Harral.

Antique & Immaculate Fusee Pocket Watch, by B.Harral. Immaculate Silver Fusee Pocket Watch Made for the Railway Sector by Benjamin Harral  1901 %%alt5%% %%alt6%%
An immaculate open-faced silver fusee pocket watch, by well-documented watchmaker, jeweller, and goldsmith, Benjamin Harral, of 4 Eldon Street, Barnsley, Yorkshire, where this watch would have been assembled. (A c1928 picture of Harral can be seen with this watch in the first image).

Born 1876 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, and raised by parents Alice and Edward Harral (a Jeweller and Pawnbroker), Benjamin went onto become a well-known and respected public servant in the Barnsley region and beyond, to the point of attaining celebrity like status.

In 1891, when living at 18 Victoria Street, Barnsley, Harral, then 15, was registered on the census as a “Jeweller’s Apprentice”, (presumably working under his father). However, in 1899, (having completed his apprenticeship) he is listed in a business directory as being a “Jeweller and Watchmaker”, by which time, he was recorded as working from 4 Eldon Street, Barnsley, (where he remained throughout his professional life).

Harral was married to Ida in 1905, and by 1911 the couple were residing at 6 West View, Barnsley, with their son Edward (born 1906), who later, took over running the business when his father retired. In a 1910 business directory, Benjamin is still recorded as working from 4 Eldon Street, Barnsley, yet at this time, as a “Retail Jeweller, Watch Dealer and Goldsmith”, so perhaps by this stage in his life, his actual watchmaking days were over?
However, what is clear from researching this individual, is that by the mid-1920’s, Harral had become a very successful and wealthy businessman. He was a prominent land and property owner in the local area and his standing as a public figure and ambassador was much in demand.

Here is a preface of his responsibilities during the period:
- President of Barnsley Chamber of Trade.
- Elected Member of Barnsley Town Council and Chair of the Planning Committee.
- President of Barnsley Rotary Club.
- Chairperson of St. Johns Church, Barnsley, and several other local charitable bodies.
- Board Member at Barnsley Football Club.

Arguably his most notable accolade as a prominent public figure, came on 12 June 1928, when Harral was elected President of the ‘National Association of Goldsmiths’, (a role that meant he also travelled frequently to the associations Head Office in London and generally around the country, to deliver key notes). It is also known that Harral attended several relevant international conferences as President of the English Goldsmiths and as a main UK watch supplier/dealer, visited the watchmaking communities in American, Switzerland and France, on several occasions throughout the 1920’s-1930’s, in connection with his business affairs.

By 1935, the now affluent and widely known Harral, was residing at 46 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, as a widower, and it is also known that he was working until at least 1938 (then 52 years old), when his daughter was married. In addition, it is known that his family business continued into the late 1970’s, by which time Harral may have passed away.

Named the “Improved Patent” model, (as seen on the watch dial), this fine heavy and robust watch, hallmarked Chester 1901, has gold main hands, white enamelled dial, and subsidiary second’s dial. It would have been almost certainly made specifically for the railway sector due to its composition and bold hand-painted Roman numerals.

The Harral signed fusee movement with an engraved Coventry Star Mark (the endorsement of engineering excellence), has a compensated balance and ruby end stone and the case maker was Samuel Alexander (“S.A”), of Percy Street, Coventry. The case and movement serial numbers being aligned, “98323.”

NB: A 1902 half-hunter chronometer pocket watch known to be made by Harral, is engraved “Chronometer Maker to the Admiralty” on the movement plate. If this is the case, then one can rightly assume that any Harral watch was made to a very high specification, this ‘Improved Patent’ model offering testament to that distinct possibility!

The watch comes securely packed with a winding key, together with instructions on how to wind and set the watch time.

Note: This watch does not come with a chain or fob. If you require a silver chain/fob from our large stock, please contact us for advice.
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£425.00  UK
$551.82  USA
505.45  EU
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DimensionsDiameter: 55mm Weight: 150g Category Antique and Vintage Watches Date 1901  Edwardian Antiques Material Silver Origin English Condition The watch is in superb general condition and in full working order. Item code as1070a143 / TWW/2237 Status Sold

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