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  1. Clint Geller

    Civil War Presentation to 1st Medal Of Honor Combat Recipient

    Hi Robert, I wouldn't be concerned about any clash between the fonts on the upper and lower parts of the inscription, but for a regimental presentation to its colonel, it strikes me as rather crude. Good engraving was pretty cheap and widely available back then. I've seen other Civil War...
  2. Clint Geller

    A. P. Walsh

    What Tom said.
  3. Clint Geller

    Early pocket chronometer movement (Pennington?)

    Then perhaps my first suggestion may be more on the mark, John? David thinks this is the smallest contemporaneous eight day chronometer movement in existence, perhaps the only one small enough to actually be used as a pocket watch. As such, it is very likely a one-off, an experiment. And as...
  4. Clint Geller

    Early pocket chronometer movement (Pennington?)

    Hi Oliver, I suspected that the maker (Pennington?) may have used a lighter balance on this unusual, perhaps even “experimental,” eight day movement because he may have wanted to minimize the power demand on the mainspring. I ran this suggestion by David in a phone conversation and I got an...
  5. Clint Geller

    A. P. Walsh

    Yes indeed. My question started that thread, which is why I concluded that 1858 was probably just a tad too early for a Walsh duo-in-uno hairspring. I can now divulge that I was already eying what is now my Walsh pocket chronometer in what was then the upcoming J&H sale when I started that...
  6. Clint Geller

    A. P. Walsh

    Thank you for that, John, but I have never seen an American FM case with fake hallmarks, and most were gold, not silver. So somehow it seems unlikely that the FM mark seen on watchcases was Marquand’s.
  7. Clint Geller

    A. P. Walsh

    So a watch finished in 1858 might have been right on the edge of possibility, I suppose.
  8. Clint Geller

    A. P. Walsh

    John, thank you. This was all new information to me. I don’t know if you know this, but the mark “F.M.” turns up fairly frequently on American watchcases from the 1860’s, and to my knowledge, no known attribution has ever been found for that mark. Was Matthews known to have made any cases for...
  9. Clint Geller

    A. P. Walsh

    Ok, then I'm safe. Phew!
  10. Clint Geller

    A. P. Walsh

    I know, Graham. I've had the watch for some time and as far as I can tell, with my lousy eyesight and not being willing to disassemble the watch, it appears to have only a helical hairspring. That's the way the J&H lot description has it too, so I think Gerrit's table was simply mistaken. I...
  11. Clint Geller

    A. P. Walsh

    Thank you, John. This isn't the greatest picture of the hallmarks, but it's the one I have. By the way, this was my second pocket chronometer acquisition, so I guess that makes me a "pocket chronometer collector" now. :)
  12. Clint Geller

    A. P. Walsh

    I resurrected this excellent old thread to share pictures of my latest acquisition. While the American watch that fetched $300,000 garnered most of the attention in last June's auction at Jones & Horan, I acquired this beauty: A. P. Walsh pocket chronometer, SN 263 with original 18K case...
  13. Clint Geller

    Early pocket chronometer movement (Pennington?)

    Congratulations on your lovely new acquisition, Mr, Mundy. Your post has motivated me to share pictures of another pocket chronometer with some similar characteristics, so I hope you don't mind. I too acquired a pocket chronometer from David Penney this year, which also has Pennington's style of...
  14. Clint Geller

    The Putting out System?

    Thank you for that additional perspective, Allan. I was recalling David Landes's Revolution in Time in my earlier post. It may be that the arrival of the Huguenots in Switzerland provided the critical mass, so to speak, for the subsequent development of a preeminent watchmaking industry in the...
  15. Clint Geller

    The Putting out System?

    I believe the Swiss watchmaking industry was founded by French Huguenot watchmakers who were expelled from France after the Edict of Fontainebleau issued by Louis XIV in 1685.
  16. Clint Geller

    The Putting out System?

    My name has been mentioned as a source of information here, but I am afraid I can't offer much about the Goddards. All I know about them, which isn't much, is in the standard sources.
  17. Clint Geller

    1860~ James HODDELL & Co single roller fusee in 18K BALDWIN & CO convertible case

    I am guessing that Baldwin & Co. retailed many, and perhaps even most of their own watches. I say this because casemakers' marks on watches sold by other firms are not usually as prominent or elaborate. A retailer usually wouldn't want to give a mere supplier so much prominence on a sales...
  18. Clint Geller

    1860~ James HODDELL & Co single roller fusee in 18K BALDWIN & CO convertible case

    John, I absolutely love this watch and I love your post! I have owned two Howard keywinds in original Baldwin reversible cases, and I believe either the earliest or the second earliest known surviving Howard movement is in a "B. & Co." case as well, though not a reversible. (If I had my notes...
  19. Clint Geller

    An unusual presentation watch ?

    I wonder if Mockabey is an Anglicization of Maccabee, as in Judah Maccabee. Jewish men are not infrequently named Alexander.
  20. Clint Geller

    An unusual presentation watch ?

    Uh-oh. Another competitor! :) I just bought the A. P. Walsh, Lot # 211, in the Jones & Horan sale last Sunday - my second PC. (You know you're truly a watch nerd if you see "PC" and you think "pocket chronometer.")

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