This timeless timepiece!! Benson made truly exceptional pocketwatches way back in the day. Became retailers of clocks, watches and jewellery in 1874 &
Obtained Royal patronage in 1879. Throughout its history, J.W. Benson Ltd was official watchmaker to the Admiralty & the War Department and also held a number of royal warrants, being watchmakers to Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales, the Tsar of Russia and several other royal families. During W.W.I. the factory was bombed, destroying thousands of timepieces and from this point on the company no longer manufactured its own watches, but still continued as a retailer until 1973.
Сегодня изучала комиссионки, секонды, магазины с антиквариатом в Бергене. Мой вердикт - есть на что поглазеть! В плане одежды наши секонды поинтереснее все-таки, но вещи, посуда, мебель, картины, книги тут гораааздо интереснее 😍
This model 442E is one of my favorit machines. The 'E' stands for Electric so this machine could be operated both manual and electric. Back in the days the electric grid was not so reliable that's why National also made a crankhandle on their first electric machines. So in case there was no electricity available the machine could still be operated manually. The motor is located behind the cover on the right, near the crankhandle. A standard, non-electrical model 442 has only the printercover on the left; the 442E has a similar cover on the right which gives the machine a nice symetrical look.
This particular machine was polished to a mirror shine. The shiny parts are a nice contrast to the mat black parts. The keys and numbers were replaced and even the white display numbers (behind the glass) have been renewed.
To sell or not to sell? That is is the question. Was picturing this repainted black and keeping the gold in lay.
You might have noticed us a little quiet the past couple of months, that’s because one of us is pregnant and one of us is relocating to Louisville. So bear with us as we re-imagine what Stevi Lily can be as we look ahead to the future! Hint: it just might involve way more amazing vintage pieces brought from Kentucky to our south Florida customers!