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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    Why is there a lack of information on pocketwatches made by Trenton Watch Co.? It appears this watch was made prior to Ingersoll buying the company. A HB&B I guess- filigree gold eagle case. Scroll writing "Trenton Watch Co" on face - serial number 719261. I can't find any information on this watch. Any help would be gladly received.

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch

    Why is there a lack of information on pocketwatches made by Trenton Watch Co.? It appears this watch was made prior to Ingersoll buying the company. A HB&B I guess- filigree gold eagle case. Scroll writing "Trenton Watch Co" on face - serial number 719261. I can't find any information on this watch. Any help would be gladly received.

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    reneeb,

    Welcome to the NAWCC Message Board!

    By using the FIND feature above, I uncovered quite a number of threads on the old ref::Trenton watch. You might wish to click on the link and review what has been covered. I don't know whether the serial number will help determine what it is that you have. I notice on your profile that you are having trouble opening the watch. We will likely need to have you post a picture of the "insides", as well as the serial number (if not readable in the image). I hope this helps, but please let us know if you have any more questions.

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    After reading the information posted on your web site on how to open the watches, I was successful and did not risk damaging the watch. I will visit the sites you suggested and hopefully find out more information about the watch. It has been passed down in the family and ended up with me. I don't know who's it was, but the year of manufacturing should help me to determine who might have purchased it and who it belonged to.

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    According to the Complete Price Guide to Watches, the Trenton Watch Co was in business from 1885 to 1908.

    According to that book, SN 719261 falls in a the serial number range of ladies size 6 watches made around 1898 to 1900.

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    I'll post the photos as soon as I figure out how to do that. Ha.

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    reneeb,

    Here is how to post an old ref::image.

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    Trenton Watch Photos






    [IMG]<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/91497450@N00/225423927/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://static.flickr.com/57/225423927_13afb5c534.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Trenton Watch Outside" /></a>[/IMG]

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    Thanks. I found on winding that it does work, but no idea how to set the correct time.

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    Here are the 2 images you are tryig to post:


    If you post a photo of the watch movement ("the guts") and the trademark on the case, we might be able to tell you how many jewels it has and if the case is solid gold or gold filled.

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    This was in my email box:


    This is a 7 jewel ladies 6 size pocket watch from 1898-1900 or so.

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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I found on winding that it does work, but no idea how to set the correct time. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Hi reneeb:

    I too extend a welcome to the NAWCC Pocket Watch Message Board!

    Your watch is lever-set. Lever-set means that you have to pull out a lever to allow the crown (winding knob) to engage the hands to set them. The lever protrudes from the bezel at about the 23 minute position. To set the time, the lever is pulled out, parallel to the surface of the dial. Usually, people hold the watch in their left hand and use their right thumbnail to catch the lever's little tab and pull it out. Also, Pocketwatcher's website has some good instructions for Setting A Lever Set Watch.

    Good luck,
    Kent
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    Default Trenton Watch Co. Gold Pocket Watch (RE: reneeb)

    reneeb,

    What a pretty little watch! The exceptional thing about it are the decorative case, and the condition that the case is in. When this watch was first sold, it was most likely during a time when jewellery stores stocked movements, cases, and dials. When you went in to buy a watch, you chose the components that you wanted, and the jeweller assembled them into a finished watch for you. Obviously, the one who chose this watch, chose the case very carefully, and a good quality one it was. But in order to keep the price in a range they were comfortable with, they chose a very ordinary grade movement (the Trenton) to fit into the case. This is not a damnation of the Trenton. It too appears to be all there, and in good shape. This indeed is a real treasure, and one you will likely enjoy! Congrats!

    Usually, watchmakers didn't make cases, and case makers didn't make watches. There were exceptions, yes. The Dueber Watch Co., for example. They make both the case and the movement, but my guess is that they also were sold separately. Though, usually, a Dueber (Hampden) watch will be in a Dueber case, if the case is original to the watch.

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