Accompanied by Charles Frodsham certificate of origin and copies of the Kew Register of Watches Received and Dispatched, and an Abstract of the Results.
The Kew register confirms that watch No. 08991 was submitted 4 times gaining its highest mark of 90.1, "Especially Good" in the 1905 testing. It was subsequently placed 9th in the Kew order of merit in that year.
Charles Frodsham (1810-1871) was a leading manufacture of high quality clocks, watches, chronometers and regulators. At the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, Frodsham exhibited a new three-quarter plate calibre signed with the letters "AD. FMSZ", a cryptogram for the year 1850. The code is formed by the numerical sequence of the letters in "Frodsham", with a "Z" for zero. The firm thereafter used the code for its most important timepieces.
We are indebted to The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London for their valuable assistance withresearchingthis watch.