Bismark case question

haneyk

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Another case questions for you experts our there. The mark below is on a watch I just received. I couldn't find anything on it. Is it silver? Silverode? Is Bismark the company or the model? Thanks in advance!

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I don't recall seeing any information about "Bismark" on a case, however, more significant than "Bismark" is the "No. 1"

Michael Harrold had once reported that Fahys trademarked the "No. 1" in 1878 as part of a larger and more elaborate trademark, just prior to purchasing the Fortanback case business. At that time the trademark was used on coin silver cases. It seems that the No.1 mark was continued across a range of cases, so it may never have indicated a particular grade of goods.
 

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