American Sterling Silver Cases. Please show yours.

luvsthetick

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After winning this case I was really amazed there were only two other bids (could have been the 7 jewel non-running movement in it). While there are a few sterling cases shown in this thread (Post some of your Coin silver pocket watch cases), I started a thread to highlight American Sterling Silver cases which seem to be less abundant than the coin silver cases.

Sterling Silver probably were not as good a seller compared to coin silver cases. The encyclopedia section shows a limited number of case companies produced them and in The Price Guide they are not discussed in the case price section.

I feel fortunate to have snagged this case.

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Great topic -

Keystone made some very nice sterling and niello cases, circa 1901. Mine are all 12-size.
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I don't know how common locomotives are on 12-size cases, but this swing-ring case has a cute little choo choo. Made by Illinois W.C.Co. for Waltham.
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This 12-size keywind case was made around 1875 in American Watch Co's (Waltham) case shop.
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I have a watch that has a case that looks (to me anyway) like it is probably sterling silver. I cannot be sure since it is not marked.
Additionally, I have not found any information on the case maker and thus do not know if they made sterling cases.

Here it is.

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I wish the company had marked their silver cases clearly like they marked their gold cases.

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This is the second and LAST early hunting case Hampden 16s I will case. I thought I wanted an early 104 but not now!

I had another that I need to remove the curvette to accommodate the thickness. Open faces are less of an issue because you do not have to disassemble the case'.


Much easier to fit a Hamilton Positive Pendant set.
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Crescent Sterling. I have another at Bill's right now wanting a spring (asked him to not polish it) that has several colors of gold inlay.
 
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I have not found any information on the case maker
This one is beating me up. Loving it!

Are there ANY other marks on the cases?

So far the only company that matches the initials is a wholesale jeweler. Makes sense... Possibly ordered from a big case company with their name.on them.

Mindil Brother & co. 25 N 3rd St.

Found in the 1870 philadelphia business directory, and in this jewelers circular indicating 1869. They are not in the 75 directory.

I couldn't find anything to match in a directory from the mid 80s.

The Jewelers' Circular

Here is the jewelers circular with a fantastic list of jewelery related businesses in operation from Philadelphia in 1869.

I know it's not much, and there is no direct connection.... But it's a start.
 

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I have been waiting to get this back from Bill (case spring, no polish). I was able to buy an early 993 for it.

The stag is remarkable. The lines for the hair have a holographic effect. Crescent Sterling.

The movement will have to wait until next year.

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Dewey,

Wonderful case. The 1st sterling case I have seen with a gold body.

Have you determined the composition of the body?
 

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Wonderful case. The 1st sterling case I have seen with a gold body.
Here is a 12-size example - sterling back and bezel, gold-filled body. The inlay in the back uses rose, green and yellow gold. This is a Keystone case.
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The Thread is American Sterling Silver cases. The caseis American Silver and I thnk its sterling so here it is.
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The crown marks looks like the Jacot and Courvoisier mark fo 18K gold but is clearly not that. This is a 20 size watch
 

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I do not presently have any U.S.-made silver-cased pocket watches in my collection, but I once had one. It was among the earliest watches I collected. I bought it in 2005 before I was knowledgeable and sold it in 2007 because, by then, I no longer wanted watches with serious issues in my collection. The serious issue with this watch was that it was a 3/4 plate Keystone/Howard recased in an Illinois W.C.Co. case, and the bow on the case was an incorrect replacement. But for those issues, I might have kept the watch because the case was very pretty.

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Here's my great-grandfather's Elgin, bought in Sydney. This watch seems to be fairly common in Australia. I did wonder if sterling silver cases might have been more popular in the export market, assuming sterling was a better known standard in the British Empire than coin silver. But I have no data or research to back this up.

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Here's my great-grandfather's Elgin, bought in Sydney.
Wonderful family heirloom!

Amazingly the firm of Angus & Coote is still in business with multiple stores in the Sydney area.

Do you know which location sold this watch and is it still operating?
 
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Wonderful family heirloom!

Amazingly the firm of Angus & Coote is still in business with multiple stores in the Sydney area.

Do you know which location sold this watch and is it still operating?
Thanks. It’s not a high grade watch, but very treasured. I don’t know where it was purchased. It might even have been by mail order, since my great-grandfather lived in rural New South Wales and Angus & Coote marketed the watch to farmers (who could not “find out what time of day it is by the leaves of a gum tree”).
 

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A Waltham 1877 Model, William Ellery Grade that dates to 1882, in a gold plated Sterling silver case.
Arriving soon in my mailbox, will be a Sterling case with a mark
identical to the one above [from Post 22 in this thread].

Could anyone offer an estimate, of the range of years that
AM. WATCH CO cases with this specific mark were produced?

PWDB shows a similar mark, but the STERLING SILVER
portion of the stamping is below the 'arch', and much larger.

Is one of these marks earlier?

Thanks! // Lloyd


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Just picked up this awesome A.W.Co. sterling 'dustproof' case. The patent date is April 22, 1879. It's a swingout case. From the case screw marks, it appears to have once held a Waltham model '79, so I'm going to be on the lookout for a nice example of that model.

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Two for your consideration ...

Circa 1914 Seth Thomas M21, G334, 16s, 15j, in an Illinois W. C. Co.
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Circa 1906 Hamden M5, General Stark, 16s, 17j, in a Keystone case. Unusual for the 'matte' finish and seemingly never carried.
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