Longleat House, Wiltshire - A Butler's Pocket Watch


19th February 2024

Included in the quarterly antiques auction on the 21st March 2024, is this interesting 18ct pocket watch belonging to the the former butler of Longleat House, Wiltshire. Donald Lessiter Marks (Butler to Henry Frederick Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath)

The watch was presented to Donald by Henry Frederick Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath for his apprecaition of twenty-one years service to his family and himself.



Longleat House, Wiltshire Interest - Klaftenberger 18ct (0.755) half hunter lever pocket watch presented to Donald Lessiter Marks (Butler to Henry Frederick Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath), gilt frosted bar movement, no. 289828, with bi-metallic compensated balance with gold screws, blued steel helical hairspring and regulator, 18ct (0.755) hinged cuvette signed 'Klaftenberger, Watchmaker to the Queen & H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, 457 Regent Street, London, no. 12602', enamel dial with Roman numerals, minute track and subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands, within a plain case, no. 5 176551, with presentation inscription dated January 1951, 91.1gm, 48mm; with an 18ct watch figaro link Albert chain, with clasp and loop, 19.7gm, 15'' long (2)

** Donald Lessiter Marks was the butler to Henry Frederick Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath for thirty-five years.

** The case inscription reads: 'This watch belonged to my father and was presented by me to Donald Marks in appreciation of twenty-one years loyal and devoted service to myself and my family, Bath 6th Marquess, January 1951'

** Sold together with Donald Lessiter Marks butler's waistcoat by Simpson & Son, dated 1954 

Estimate £1500-2500

The auction will take place on the 21st March 2024 with further details to follow. For further information please contact David Hare.

Email: david.hare@gardinerhoulgate.co.uk

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