On Monday 13th February Fellows shall be holding their first Pocket Watches & Accessories auction of the new year.
Amongst the many highlights to feature in this sale is Lot 175 – fascinating as much for its history as for the watch itself. This piece was given as a gift to the Head Gamekeeper of Lowther Castle in Cumbria, Charles Robinson by the German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1902.
Lowther Castle was the seat of the Earl of Lonsdale, and it was the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, Hugh Cecil Lowther, who was hosting the German Emperor.
Wilhelm II was the grandson of Queen Victoria and had an English mother. He had a love-hate relationship with Britain and 1902 would have been one of the last years before relations took a dramatic turn for the worse.
The watch that Charles Robinson received has Willhelm’s monogram on the back. It is 14k gold with an open face and was made by Gebr. Eppner. This Berlin based company produced very fine watches, almost as good as those produced by Lange in Glashutte and this watch shows the features of fine watchmaking with a split compensation balance and a Breguet overcoil hairspring.
This Lot comes with a fitted presentation case and is estimated at £1,800 – £2,200. You can view this as a video highlight on our YouTube channel by clicking here.