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#26

Billy
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From: There or here., NSW
Joined: 09 August 2013
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14 November 2017 04:15 pm

RM Outback wrote:

Perhaps not much use to you Billy but I know of an old clock maker in Canterbury Vic. Had my Grandparents old clock restored by him nearly 20 years ago now, a true craftsman with out a doubt. When I was a little tracker around 4 I tried to scale mums treasure cabinet yikes needless to say it toppled over and smashed the lot thumbsdown. To my surprise I was given the clock in about 100 or so bits lol today it still functions and looks a million bucks. If you like I can chase up their details and forward if you want.

Haha that's brilliant mate and I bet you got into a bit of trouble after that! cry
I really appreciate the offer but will see if I can find someone in NSW and if not I may have to take my first trip to Vic cool
Thanks again RM.
Cheers,
Billy.


You can lead a horse to water, but it needs to be thirsty to drink!

#27

Billy
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From: There or here., NSW
Joined: 09 August 2013
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14 November 2017 04:18 pm

Mr Magoo wrote:

Slightly derailing. But I remember going through this exact same thing about trying to find out a bit about my Grandfathers old pocket watch. I had no info from him and not much chance of getting any as he had died.
Anyway all I had to go by a name of a London watchmaker (the watch is in storage so name escapes me), hall marks of a Swiss silver chain IIRC. And what I thought was one of the makers on the face 'Alb Kapteyn Engineer' - You can see it about 12' oclock.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … _watch.jpg

Every now and then I'd Google to find out a bit more about it and perhaps a value. Literally years of on, off, off,on futile research until one day I came across this. https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/ … be24498a58 - select main image

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … _watch.jpg

Alb Kapteyn Engineer wasn't a makers name after all. It's the name of the owner who commissioned it. I now knew more about this watch or at least an owner than I could of ever dreamed of. He even has a page on the net http://resources.huygens.knaw.nl/bwn188 … kapteijnap.

https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au … 18_alb.jpg

Although his brother is way more famous https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobus_Kapteyn Obviously he up graded from the silver one I had to a nice flash gold one. But hey now the watch I have now has a history. Yes there could be two Alb Kapteyn Engineer, but I doubt it. Figuring out how it came to be in my grandfathers hands I doubt I'll will ever find out.

My apologies for derailing the thread a bit but I just wanted to show what sort of interesting tales can be gleaned from just a bit of r\Googling and an old watch.

Mr Magoo, that's an awesome story and you certainly didn't derail anything cool
Thanks for those links as well, I had a bit of a look and it's amazing whats out there.
Cheers,
Billy.


You can lead a horse to water, but it needs to be thirsty to drink!

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#28

jethro
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From: North East , VIC
Joined: 06 September 2013
Posts: 402
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14 November 2017 10:29 pm

have a talk with these people. http://cogandhand.com.au/ they have a good reputation in my area.

#29

Billy
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From: There or here., NSW
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15 November 2017 04:42 pm

jethro wrote:

have a talk with these people. http://cogandhand.com.au/ they have a good reputation in my area.

Thanks for the link jethro and might give them a call once I open it up and see if I can find the maker.
Cheers,
Billy.


You can lead a horse to water, but it needs to be thirsty to drink!


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