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The watch shown in the photos bears a hallmark which we believe is London, 1774.
It appears that the case maker was Thomas Foster I of 5 Pye Corner, West Smithfield. He was listed from 1766 till 1770 and then Thomas Foster II was listed at a different address in 1790.
The back outer case shows it belonged to or was presented to Joseph Smith in 1790 and the movement is engraved with the makers name of Jn Lashram but this name does not appear in any of the main reference books.
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