Hi - I have recently started collecting pocket watches and I am looking for help interpreting the hallmark on a watch I purchased. A picture of the hallmark is attached.
I have attempted to identify the hallmark using the Birmingham Assay Office web-site. The problem I have is that I believe the date letter ‘g’ is for 1881and checking the early hallmarks section, it would appear that the maker’s mark S.L corresponds to Sarah Loveridge of 69 Bath Street. If it is her mark, according to the census of 1851 she was born in 1790! - in 1881she would be 91!
I note that she had a son George who was also a watchmaker - I wondered whether he could have continued using his Mother’s mark.
Alternatively I have misidentified the marks - assistance would be appreciated.