(Another branch of the family was granted the trademark "SENEGALL"). The present-day enterprise developed out of a plant founded in 1920 by Friedrich Dorten in Solingen-Merscheid which initially produced only barbers' razors and mainly supplied Solingen exporters.
Patek-Philippe, Movado, Audemars-Piguet, Longines and Tavannes movements, among several others, are all to be found in vintage Tiffany watches from the inter-war period.
Tiffany was a stockist of almost all the major Swiss brands in its shops and inevitably a strong bond developed with these houses.
As with Cartier, the famous French jewellery house, it is important to appreciate that Tiffany wasn’t a watch manufacturer, but in fact was purely a retailer.
Interestingly, there was a very brief exception to this between 18, when Tiffany set up an outpost to produce its own in-house pocket watch movements just outside Geneva.
By 1933 the firm had diversified into safety razor and pocket knife manufacture. Particular attention has always been paid to quality, a fact that has made DORKO renowned throughout the world.
Today Robert Dorten represents the third generation of the family." (open razors) 1957 - brand name "Ankerflagge" (open razors) from the Carl Rader company 1968 - Erich Hartkopf company. They expand their business in around 1900 to London, New Bond Street.
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18 x 13 x 8cm An ebonised mantel - carriage clock with carry handle, gilt sight, full enamel dial showing Roman numerals and fine blued steel hands. This clock has very faint hairlines near the top of the dial which are not noticeable unless very close. 16.3 x 10 x 9cm A fine and well proportioned, polished Corniche case, carriage clock in very original condition with a large oval top glass to view the Bi-metallic , split , jewelled lever escapement .
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