Howard 12 size

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  1. watcher

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    I acquired a E Howard 12 size watch today. The serial number on the box is 1400060. This matches the serial number on the movement. The box also says White. Bor. Eng. has the case number which matches #799 Ionic 12 size 17J 42 Silver dial Gr Keystone Extra Style Eng. Inside the cardboard box is a very pretty lined black lacquered hinged lid box, velvet lined with the watch and two warranty cards. The warranty cards are for the watch and the watch case which is engraved in the back hinged lid with the E Howard name and Keystone wcc. One of the warranty cards has $60.00 stamped on it. Who can tell me more about this jewel. The face is perfect, the crystal is beveled and glass with absolutely no scratches, the hands are like new, the watch runs. The case has no dings, gouges, scratches or scrapes at all. The face is a single sunk with arabic numerals. There are no repair marks in the case. I would like to know the year of manufacture and anything else that anyone can tell me about this jewel. The gold liner of the wooden case has HOWARD which appears to have been silk screened on. The cardboard outer case says: This watch has been adjusted, cased and carefully timed by the manufacturer. E.Howard Watch Works established 1852 Keystone Watch Case Corp.
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    Thanks in advance for any informaiton. Robert
     
  2. watcher

    watcher Guest

    I acquired a E Howard 12 size watch today. The serial number on the box is 1400060. This matches the serial number on the movement. The box also says White. Bor. Eng. has the case number which matches #799 Ionic 12 size 17J 42 Silver dial Gr Keystone Extra Style Eng. Inside the cardboard box is a very pretty lined black lacquered hinged lid box, velvet lined with the watch and two warranty cards. The warranty cards are for the watch and the watch case which is engraved in the back hinged lid with the E Howard name and Keystone wcc. One of the warranty cards has $60.00 stamped on it. Who can tell me more about this jewel. The face is perfect, the crystal is beveled and glass with absolutely no scratches, the hands are like new, the watch runs. The case has no dings, gouges, scratches or scrapes at all. The face is a single sunk with arabic numerals. There are no repair marks in the case. I would like to know the year of manufacture and anything else that anyone can tell me about this jewel. The gold liner of the wooden case has HOWARD which appears to have been silk screened on. The cardboard outer case says: This watch has been adjusted, cased and carefully timed by the manufacturer. E.Howard Watch Works established 1852 Keystone Watch Case Corp.
    proprieter


    Thanks in advance for any informaiton. Robert
     
  3. Kent

    Kent Registered User
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    Hi Robert:

    Despite the fact that the paperwork with your watch says "E.Howard Watch Works established 1852" the company that made your watch has no relation to the E. Howard & Co. or E. Howard Watch & Clock Co. (which made watches during the era 1858-1903), other than to purchase the rights to the name.

    The following information is mostly based upon “The Howard Ten Size Watch,” Arthur N. Borg, NAWCC Bulletin No. 129 (August 1967): pp.941-64.

    The Keystone Watch Case Co. purchased the rights to use the Howard name on watches <span class="ev_code_blue">(Note: from the E. Howard Watch & Clock Co.)</span> sometime around 1903, reportedly to provide a market for their better grades of cases. At first, the firm had watches built under the E. Howard name by the American Waltham Watch Co., which Keystone-Howard then marketed. The watches were labeled "E. Howard Watch Co."

    Its said that Keystone "finished" these watches at the New York Standard Watch Co., a firm, based in New Jersey, already owned by Keystone. However, it may be that the "finishing" may have simply meant mounting a dial and placing the movement in a case. The reason for the quotation marks is that the term "finish" in the watch industry usually refers to the process of turning a set of raw movement parts into a smoothly functioning movement, as well as adding whatever decorating that was to be done. The overall quality of watches produced by Standard was well below the high grade watches that Keystone-Howard offered and the New York Standard plant may not have had the necessary capability of such fine work.

    Back in 1901, the Philadelphia Watch Case Co. had purchased the U.S. Watch Co. at Waltham, see:
    <span class="ev_code_brown">elginwatches.org/scans/non_elgin_articles/m_1901_philadelpha_buys_US_watch_co.html</span>
    <span class="ev_code_blue">To view, go to the </span><span class="ev_code_brown">Elgin Watch Collectors Site Home Page</span> <span class="ev_code_blue">at</span> <span class="ev_code_brown">elginwatches.com</span>, <span class="ev_code_blue">then copy and paste the address in your browser's address bar and click on </span>'Go'.
    In 1904, Keystone, Philadelphia and a number of other watch case companies merged, continuing under the Keystone name. Thus, Keystone acquired a watch factory in Massachusetts in 1904. By 1905, Keystone-Howard had patented a 16-size, 17-jewel, three-quarter plate movement design which they began making in both hunting-case and open-face versions under the “E. Howard Watch Co.” name. Keystone-Howard stopped manufacturing watches around 1930, a victim of the Depression. The rights to the Howard name for use on watches was then sold to Hamilton.

    Pictures and some catalog information on Keystone-Howard watches can be viewed at the excellent E. Howard Watch Co. website. Additional pictures and more information can be viewed at Howard Pocket Watches 1858-1930. Its believed that all Keystone-Howard watches were furnished in Howard-signed gold, or gold-filled Keystone or Crescent (a Keystone company) cases. Keystone-Howard’s railroad grade watches are discussed in some detail in the NAWCC Bulletin, April 1999, pages 191-206.

    Good luck,
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  4. watcher

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    Thank you for the information. This watch is like brand new! Very interesting. Robert
     
  5. Hans Dahlke

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    Robert,

    should the cardboard case have read: "E. Howard Watch Works established 1842?"

    Edward Howard established his E. Howard Clock Co. in 1842, and when the Keystone Watch Case Company obtained the rights to the use of the name "Howard" on their watches they simply extended the age of their "Howard" name to 1842.

    As an additional bit of information the Keystone Watch Case Company (as owners of the Howard watch name) claimed that the first Howard watch was produced in 1850.

    Hans
     

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