One year dating presents
It was here that the first swimming pool for London workers – now transformed into the highly successful Bridewell Theatre – opened.And it was here that a whole range of community activities, from table tennis tournaments to debating, took place.Lying proudly within this small room’s glass cabinets is one of the finest collections of printing history in the world, including many works worth at least £80,000; original Caxton prints, a 14th-century translation of Boethius and an ornate 19th-century copy of Chaucer – it’s all here.But even this collection, the jewel in the crown of the foundation’s many-pronged activities, is often unheard of even among printing circles, confirms Farrow.It is triple signed, on the dial, case and movement.Art Deco Longines watches are now becoming very hard to find as most seem to have disappeared into private collections.
Dial: finished in satin silver with hours marked by gold coloured batons and an Arabic number 12. A subsidiary seconds dial with cross hairs is located just above 6 o'clock and the elegant Dauphin hands are in good shape. Case: 14 carat solid gold in great condition, presenting very well on the wrist.
The watch cannot received regular use over the years judging by its condition.
I could see no dents or scratches of any significance to point out to you.
Rows and rows of shelves, stacks of documents and gently humming fluorescent lighting: standing in room 19 of the St Bride Foundation building, you could be in any library-cum-office at any point in the past 50 years.
There’s that instantly recognisable atmosphere of old-school hush.