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(Illinois) Private Label Research

Dave Coatsworth

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2464289 - 'Wilson Bros., King of the Road, Boston', 16-size, model 5, grade 186, 23 jewel, DS dial. 80 total production.

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Nice one Dave, it is fun to see these gussied-up mid grades with high jewel counts. They are almost always low production. You can see the mid grade roots in the jewel settings, ratchet wheel and click, and regulator parts, I do see gold screws in balance.
 

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232477 - 'Forrest, Springfield, Ill.', model 2, grade 101, 11 jewel, DS dial.

Compared to another 'Forrest' in my collection, but this one marked Cincinnati, Ohio (SN 207521). I pulled both barrel bridges and they are correct. Both have double sunk dials which is somewhat unusual for the grade 101. Perhaps Illinois made some for a retailer and liked it enough to make some for their own sales. Or, perhaps, a cancelled order?

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I was looking for info on an 1888 Cogswell & Wallis watch catalog from Chicago and found a page from another of their catalogs that showed a cut of one of their pl Illinois watches. It is marked only “King” and C W intertwined on the barrel bridge. The ser. no. Is indiscernible but I thought the info might be helpful to ID one of these watches.-Cort
 

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Interesting that they list the grade 105 in their price list. I wonder if there is a C&W/King marked 105 out there someplace, waiting to be discovered? I have never seen a grade 105 private label.

Anyway, thanks for posting this, Cort. It's always fun to 'solve' another monogram.
 

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Jewelers circular obit for Isham

Fun aside, when he moved to Buffalo In 1892 it seems he opened ankther jewelery store which also sold bicycles. The Queen City cycle Company

Mr. Fries in this next link was his partner

His business address in Titusville in the 1870s was 19 spring st.

Hope this helps.
 
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Here is one I picked up today. I have not seen this one before and though I look at most of this thread, if there is one already posted I have not seen it. The dial looks better in this picture than it really is. It does have some of the typical hairlines you usually find in these fancy dials and a little chip at the lever. The case is goldfilled. All in all a nice watch though.

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Nice one John.


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