Antique pocket watches aren’t found to have been inscribed by Winston Churchill every day, but one such timepiece has recently just been sold for £12,000 at auction.
The watch in question, an 18-carat gold Dent watch, became the stand out lot at The Swan antiques centre in Tetsworth, Oxfordshire.
Its past revealed that Churchill had originally gifted the timepiece to G Wallace Carter on winning the first Liberal victory in the 1910 General Election.
The inscription on this historic 52mm diameter watch reads: “Presented to G. Wallace Carter in Recognition, The National Free Trade Services in Organizing The National Free Trade Lectures in the Memorable Year of Liberal Victory, 1910, Winston S. Churchill”.
The auctioneers reported that the watch was picked out personally by Churchill, who was a patron of Dent, the watchmakers who were also behind the construction of the iconic Big Ben’s clock.
The vintage movement was auctioned off, accompanied by its original silk and velvet lined burgundy leather presentation case.
The watch realised its lower estimate, which was set at £12,000 to £15,000 prior to going under the hammer.
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