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  1. Clint Geller

    Time on the go

    I wore my watch very occasionally at the lab where I worked, mostly only if I was giving a presentation before a group and I had an excuse to wear a vest. Also, once a year I taught the six-week Applied Nuclear Physics course in the Bettis Reactor Engineering School to the newly minted Navy...
  2. Clint Geller

    Solid gold case — heaviest cases?

    Goin' up Cripple Creek, goin' on a run Goin' up Cripple Creek t' have a little fun Goin' up Cripple Creek, goin' in a whirl Goin' up Cripple Creek t' see my girl That's the chorus to the Old Tyme tune "Cripple Creek." Some of the other lyrics may be over the edge for here. I play Cripple Creek...
  3. Clint Geller

    Favorite Watch Inscription

    Great watches, Ethan. My home wasn't close enough to see the Clairton mills, but when I first moved to Pittsburgh in 1979, I could sometimes smell them from my neighborhood.
  4. Clint Geller

    Favorite Watch Inscription

    Now here is a topic I can get into. The first watch pictured has two inscriptions, an 1863 presentation from the officers and men of the 14th KY Infantry, a distinguished fighting unit, to their commander, Colonel George Washington Gallop, and an 1873 presentation from General Gallop to his...
  5. Clint Geller

    Solid gold case — heaviest cases?

    True facts are the best kind, John. :) There ought to be an old picture of one of those gargantuans somewhere. A 20 oz. gold case would be more horrifying than appealing. Did your 20 oz. silver case ever cry, "Feed me, Feed me!" ?
  6. Clint Geller

    Solid gold case — heaviest cases?

    I have read that in the old west, some successful miners liked massive gold watchcases as a convenient way of carrying some of their wealth around with them. That may explain some of the Joslin & Park Howard casezillas. Also, then as now, people enjoy the bling. I think few of us who regularly...
  7. Clint Geller

    Solid gold case — heaviest cases?

    Was it marked for Joslin & Park of Denver, John? They sold some massive N Size Howard cases in the 1870s to 1890s. My April, 1995 Bulletin article on Howard watchcases shows a 7 ounce 18K clamshell style J&P case for a Howard N Size Series IV (Model 1871) movement in Figure 26 on page 164. I...
  8. Clint Geller

    Two 6s Waltham movements one Amn W.Co. grade

    John, as my dial has no seconds bit, I believe it was intended for use in an open face case. I love your movement, though.
  9. Clint Geller

    Two 6s Waltham movements one Amn W.Co. grade

    Here is my only Waltham "Model 1873" movement, but it is an 8 Size. Josiah Moorhouse did not sign the back of it, but he didn't need to. His artistic fingerprints are all over the front of it. My watchmaker still has it, so the dial hasn't even been cleaned yet.
  10. Clint Geller

    What Are the Rarest Watches in Your American Collections?

    Speaking of reuniting a watch with a former owner:
  11. Clint Geller

    How common are pocket watches that can be both stem wound as well as key wound?

    In that case, I stand corrected, Jon. If the purpose of Learned's invention was to cause inept watchmakers to break things, then it was a brilliant success, not a dismal failure after all! :) We have been unfairly maligning it all these years. I was unaware of Patek's patent, but neither am I...
  12. Clint Geller

    How common are pocket watches that can be both stem wound as well as key wound?

    Hi John, Please note that in my previous post, I never meant to imply that Learned's invention was a good idea. :) I merely observed that the uncertain friction issue you identified was the motivation for it. As you pointed out, in my own writing I have referred to Learned's patent more than...
  13. Clint Geller

    How common are pocket watches that can be both stem wound as well as key wound?

    The problem you identified was likely the motivation behind William B. Learned's patented threaded center arbor and cannon pinion, which appeared on all E. Howard & Co. split plate movements in the 1890's. Learned was the EH&Co. factory superintendant in that period.
  14. Clint Geller

    How common are pocket watches that can be both stem wound as well as key wound?

    E. Howard & Company made one run of thirty L Size nickel Model 1869 (Series V) transitional movements, from SNs 56,301 to 56,330. Oddly enough, I have owned three of these thirty movements at different times. They are not easily identified in the factory records. I have seen at least one other...
  15. Clint Geller

    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    Lovely! I've been looking for a nice double ought like that for a long time now.
  16. Clint Geller

    Never gets old

    Greg, having just completed a series of three, fortunately very successful, eye injections for macular degeneration, I can heartily concur. That really does beat a stick in the eye. :)
  17. Clint Geller

    National American Railroad Pocket Watch Day April 18th

    I was just wondering, because E. Howard & Co. definitely charged a premium for movements with patent versus simple regulators. The patent regulators were either Mershon's rack and pin, or Reed's whip, depending on the time period.
  18. Clint Geller

    National American Railroad Pocket Watch Day April 18th

    Rob, do we know how much extra Elgin charged for the micrometer regulator?
  19. Clint Geller

    Civil War Presentation Wm. Ellery to 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry officer

    Two regiments of the famed Michigan Cavalry Brigade, the Wolverines, were deliberately equipped with rifles and were trained to fight as mounted infantry rather than cavalry, but they were armed with the latest seven-shot Spencer repeating rifles, not second-hand, dilapidated Enfields...
  20. Clint Geller

    Civil War Presentation Wm. Ellery to 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry officer

    Terrific watch, Robert. Thanks for sharing. Any pocket watch from one of the USCT or USCC regiments is quite a treasure, I would think. Sadly, it was typical that the 200,000 colored men who fought for the Union, 40,000 of whom died in service, were given the worst, most antiquated equipment. I...

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