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  1. S.Humphrey

    Great great uncles Pocket watch ID Help?

    Although there's no engravings or allusions to "Railroad" this is more or less what would be described as a "Swiss fake". The movement is made in the American style to deliberately look like a Waltham Model 1870 or 1877. Personally, since it has no deceptive markings, I wouldn't class it as...
  2. S.Humphrey

    Lewis Samuel

    Hi John, I have 2 LS. 20599 and 20706. 20599 has been my profile picture, forever. Lovely gold dial w/ sub seconds. Still has the dust cap, also with the serial # and "W.W". 43mm diameter @ the pillar plate. Both are just movements. 20706 is missing the dial and some other components under the...
  3. S.Humphrey

    M.I. Tobias Rack Lever: Age?

    Hi P/L! Me either. So many mysteries. Who the heck is "M. Fracies"? Where did that come from? I'm wondering if Myer and Samuel were supposed to be representing their Uncle Morris interests in Liverpool in this 1805-1812 period, but they were not, really. Virtually as soon as they got there...
  4. S.Humphrey

    Paul Chamberlain catalog piece has surfaced!

    That's super cool! I just read "It's About Time" this past year.
  5. S.Humphrey

    M.I. Tobias Rack Lever: Age?

    Ah! That is the one I have been reading. My PDF copy seems to end abruptly at the graph of Tobias genealogy. My big question has been, can anyone enlighten me as to what happened to Anne and Isaac Isaacs, the parents of Myer and Samuel that necessitated their adoption by their Uncle Morris...
  6. S.Humphrey

    M. I. and M. J. Tobias Liverpool

    I think I would conclude that they are in fact all "I" and that it's just so fancy and similar to the "J" in that script that we can't tell the difference. And we frequently find it listed as "M.J." in trade directories and other places because, they couldn't either. It's probably why he dropped...
  7. S.Humphrey

    M. I. and M. J. Tobias Liverpool

    Looking again, I have some questions about the original premise, too. Regarding the article from Morning Herald on the 20th May 1858, proclaiming him the "youngest son of "M. J. Tobias" Esq of Liverpool. Maybe the "J" is a typo, maybe it's not. It's the "Esq." bit that puzzles me. I'm not...
  8. S.Humphrey

    M. I. and M. J. Tobias Liverpool

    I am reading from Michael Edidin's Oct. 1992 NAWCC Bulletin article that in the Guildhall Library they have a watch paper from Morris Tobias & Company and that it gives their Liverpool address at 5 Pool Lane.
  9. S.Humphrey

    M. I. and M. J. Tobias Liverpool

    1805-1812 wouldn't M.I. Tobias have still been working with his Uncle, Morris? At least at the beginning of that period.
  10. S.Humphrey

    M. I. and M. J. Tobias Liverpool

    Fascinating. I can't say I have a position on the "I" vs. "J" other than it does look from the script samples that the J would have a longer stem. I'm more intrigued by the variation of "Isaacs" to "Isaac" when it seems so certain that Isaacs is proper. But, then I think of my own ancestry...
  11. S.Humphrey

    Royal Flying Corps cockpit watch.....

    I know this is a double old thread now, but for the record it's a Tavannes 918, iinm.
  12. S.Humphrey

    Fusees with non-brass plates?

    Some of the earliest fusee watches were made entirely of iron. Quite a few in the 18th century were made with decorative silver bridges or cocks that were wheel bearing components. but not usually the main plates. Of course, Waltham made the crystal watches, but that's much later and not fusee...
  13. S.Humphrey

    Tobias "half seconds"

    Well, I had determined not to service it or anything on account of it having a broken mainspring. But, I did clean it up a little and gave it some love. Now it's back up and "running". Has a pretty good tick really even with just minimal wind it will take before the mainspring slips.
  14. S.Humphrey

    Tobias "half seconds"

    Ok. That didn't take long to sort. It's just the screw from the barrel bridge. It's countersunk "itself" down into the plate until now it is protruding underneath. Edit: I take that back, too. Not burrowed into the plate. One screw is longer than the other and they were mixed up.
  15. S.Humphrey

    Tobias "half seconds"

    Yeah. I'm way more disappointed about there being no frame maker's marks than I am about the mainspring being broken. :( I was going to say you won't believe this, but actually, you probably will. lol It is indeed screwed down. And, there's 3 steady pins. As soon as I went back to take a...
  16. S.Humphrey

    Tobias "half seconds"

    That is pretty much what I was thinking. "It has to be "marketing", right?" The "Chronometer" part seems pretty obvious. I mean, it's a nice quality watch and all, but . . . Though, I still feel like there is something I'm missing about the "Half Seconds" bit. Some implication to the marketing...
  17. S.Humphrey

    Tobias "half seconds"

    I'm still not entirely clear on the purpose of the "Half Seconds" watch. And, looking at the link to John Pavlik's thread, I notice it is written up on the receipt as a chronometer. . . . where to begin? How abut that 40 tooth 4th wheel, John? Any thoughts on that? I really haven't even begun...
  18. S.Humphrey

    Tobias "half seconds"

    Nothing notable that means much to me, but took some pics because I know those are areas of interest.
  19. S.Humphrey

    Tobias "half seconds"

    Ok. I appreciate all of the very interesting discussion. It's is tempting to just let it roll to see how much more I can learn before the big reveal. Are you ready? Drum roll please . . . Standard single roller escapement. Fusee. 70 teeth 2nd. 72 teeth, 10 leaves 3rd. 60 teeth, 6...
  20. S.Humphrey

    Tobias "half seconds"

    Thanks, Graham! So, my memory isn't great, but at least my sanity is intact. lol Just starting the day here so I have a few things to do first, but I'm looking forward to taking a closer look at it first thing when I get in the office. Regards, Steve

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