William Henry Douglas

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watch watch key  shop advertisement   A c1930 barometer by W.H. Douglas Stourbridge.

 


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William Henry Douglas's premises at 59 High Street, Stourbridge was initially for his optician business, but by the early 1920s this line of business had been abandoned and he specialised in watchmaking instead.

William Henry Douglas, of Stourbridge, Worcestershire, registered a patent in the US for 'certain new and useful Improvements in Stop-Watches', dated December 27, 1892. He sold a patent for his double chronograph to The English Watch Company of 27 September 1881 and his stock of finished and unfinished movements and materials.

A copy of his watch is said to have been given to Edward VII on or about his coronation and is in the Royal Collection.


Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 488,710, dated December 2?', 1892.

Application to the United States patent Office filed March 12, 1892. Serial No. 424,641. (No model) To whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, WILLIAM HENRY DOUGLAS, a citizen of Great Britain, residing at Stourbridge, in the county of Worcester, and country of England, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Stop-Watches; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

This invention relates to stop Watches and it consists in the novel construction and combination of the parts hereinafter fully described and claimed.

In the drawings: Figure 1 is a rear View of the stop mechanism. Fig. 2 is a front view of the Watch showing the additional dials and pointers. Fig. 3 is asectional side view of the disengaging mechanism. Fig. 3A is a detail showing a modification of a portion of the disengaging mechanism.


Notes:
•  The Douglas-Osborn family is said to be descendants of the Douglas family of Witham.  See Lt Gen Archibald Douglas of Witham

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