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I'm currently visiting my grandparents and I've always been fascinated by my Grandad's vintage pocket watch but have never had the means to research it when I'm here until now. He's unsure of how old it is and a google search of the brand name came up with nothing. The brand is H.Wolfe & Co. From Manchester. Anyone know anything about this piece? I'm doing this from my iPhone and I'm not sure how to post photos.
 

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I'm not sure if this will be of much help but the link below is to a wrist watch on Ebay (now ended) which is also H Wolfe Ltd. On the Dial of this watch they give locations as London, Edinburgh, Manchester. The movement in this watch is branded "Magno" which may or may not resemble the movement in your Grandfathers watch.

It looks like H Wolf Ltd were probably Jewellers and Watch Sellers (possibly repairers, I will try and check).

I suspect they bought in from a number of watch manufacturers and had their company name put on the Dial. Not very much but I hope it is of some assistance.

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Thanks Merrick and Neil A for the help, I'll check out that listing, I actually just came to use my Grandad's computer to post a few pictures of the watch and he handed it, some silver polish and a rag to me, apparently it's mine now, which is very cool. Unfortunately the photos aren't working out to well but I'll post a few when I return home with it.
 

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MF the Hallmarks are pretty straightforward. the Lion is for .925 Silver, the Crest is for the Chester Assay Office, the N is the Date hallmark for 1896 and CH stands for Charles Harris, Case Maker, Norfolk Street, Coventry.

When you can post a photo of the movement it may help identify the movment maker, pretty difficult most of the time.

For hallmark information try Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks their site is very informative.

Also try not to use silver polish it can "scratch" the silver. Better to get a special silver polishing cloth.
 
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