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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.I have dissected my collection into many sub-collections, e.g., monogrammed watches, but never into inscribed watches, so I have never before considered which inscriptions are my favorites. Few have truly distinguished inscriptions, such as the examples Clint posted, but here are three candidates for favorites in my collection.
Back in the late teens of the last century, a woman bought a 14k Knapp-cased Illinois Grade 435 for her son, a scarce high-grade watch of which Illinois only made 310. She or her son had it engraved "Mother to John" but the engraver forgot to skip a space between "to" and John", so that the inscription reads Mother toJohn". That's not the only thing odd about the engraving. That inscription is in a larger and different font than the inscribed date, suggesting that the two inscriptions were done by different engravers at different times. The botched inscription also appears oddly placed below center of the cuvette. There's nothing to like about this poorly executed job, except its decidedly human aspect. Nearly all of the engravings on my other watches were done exceedingly well.
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One for Clint
Because Clint lives in or near Pittsburgh, he may especially appreciate the bit of local history inscribed on this 14k W.W.C.Co.-cased Elgin Grade 156 -- given as an award to R.A. Douglass for high steel tonnage produced at Carnegie Steel's Clairton mill near Pittsburgh.
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Another Civil War Watch
Because President Lincoln wasn't a shoo-in for re-election for a second term, supporters looking for ways to increase his chances successfully rushed to admit Nevada as a state (something like the Democrats' present desire to make D.C. a state). This 18k Charles Frodsham WI watch was given to C.W. Tozier in honor of his serving as the speaker of Nevada's first legislative assembly as a state. Clint included this watch in the NAWCC Museum exhibition he curated on Civil War watches.
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