We are delighted to answer any enquiries from clients wishing to research horological items, particularly those relating to Charles Frodsham, the history of the firm, and our modern manufacture, but recommend you read the pages of this website before contacting us, as the answer to many frequently asked questions are available here. We accept enquiries by e-mail, telephone or post, and conduct physical inspections at the shop by appointment only.
Please contact us with any specific requests. Charges vary according to the following services provided, with individual quotes available on request. All correspondence is treated in the strictest confidence.
Drawing on our extensive knowledge of the horological market, we can prepare valuations on all horological items, whether singly or collections, for sale, fair-market (probate), or insurance purposes.
Should you be looking to form, or extend a horological collection or library, we can give sound advice based on many years of experience. Our own extensive library of books, manuscripts and ephemera is also available as a reference, and should you be seeking a particular title, we have many duplicate copies for sale.
CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN
The majority of Charles Frodsham clocks, watches, and chronometers have a unique serial number by which they can be identified. A certificate of origin can be issued after the timepiece has been physically examined by Charles Frodsham & Co. To facilitate this we will need, in the first instance, to see photographs of the dial, movement and case, together with relevant information regarding size, case material, complications, signatures and address, serial numbers, dedication or presentation inscriptions and in addition for all watches; the hallmarks, case makers initials, and any monograms and/or coats of arms.
The examination will establish the authenticity of the piece and the originality of its components, as well as provide a technical and aesthetical description including the date of manufacture. Only one certificate of origin can be delivered per piece, but in the case of loss or theft of the said certificate a duplicate, duly inscribed, can be obtained. Duplicate certificates are equally only issued upon the above stringent requirements.
ARCHIVE EXTRACTS – WATCHES
We are able to issue extracts from our manufacturing records for most Charles Frodsham watches made between 1876 and 1910. As with Certificates of Origin, we will need to either inspect the watch or see full photographic evidence before an extract can be issued.