The Components of my Grandfather’s Fob WatchFob watches can be understood by examining the following components; the watch case, the watch movement (the face and clock components) and the accompanying accessories.
In the late 19th-century watch cases and movements were beginning to be made in standard sizes. This was a precursor to the wrist watch. When a customer bought a Fob Watch they could personalise it, choosing the case and movement separately, designing it to meet their personal needs.
The Watch Case
Closed Watch Case
|Figure 1 Craig Todman, Front of Fob Watch, 2016, digital image|
|Figure 2 Craig Todman, Engraved lettering close-up, 2016, digital image, cropped and enlarged|
The inside of the Watch Case
Figure 3 Watches, Jewellery and Antique Nice. 2016. "Antique Avalon 12S 25 Year G.F. Double Hunter Case Pocket Watch Case Very Nice". Terapeak. Accessed July 28 2016. http://www.terapeak.com/worth/antique-avalon-12s-25-year-g-f-double-hunter-case-pocket-watch-case-very-nice/262018623797/. (Annotated by Sandra Williamson)
The Double Hunter Pocket Watch Case can be opened from both the front, to read the time, and the back to access the mechanism. The double case helps to protect the mechanism and the watch face from dust and damage. They have a side winder at 3 o’clock.
Figure 4 Craig Todman, inside back cover of fob watch
The Watch Mechanism / Movement
Figure 5. Craig Todman, Watch Mechanism, 2016, digital image (annotated by Sandra Williamson)
Figure 6 . Craig Todman, Watch Face in case with side winder. 2016, digital image (annotated by Sandra Williamson)
Fob Watches accessories
1. The chain or ribbon
Figure 7 unknown, Walter & Martha Todman, c.1926 taken at or close to the wedding of Arthur Atkinson & their daughter Martha “Ruby” Todman who were married on the 21st August 1926
2. The Fob seal
|Figure 8 Sandra Williamson, Fob Seal - front & side view, 2016, digital image|