Ricker's Extra, Bunn grade, 17 Jewel, #1,235,989 with an Illinois Dial, No hints to a location, but it might be SAMUEL FOSTER RICKER a jeweler in Emporia, Kansas. I also have the one made just before, #1,235,988, also a PL marked C. C. Wills, Pittsburgh PA
I don't think I've posted these before. I have five different 18s Model 1, 2, and/or 3 in various grades. All of them have Illinois dials, and I don't know anything about the history of the movement markings - I bought them because they had a characteristic that I liked):
1. Thos. Stephenson (M1 Miller #6208 - Early Private Label))
2. Chieftain (M1 Columbia #198604 - Cool Gilt Dmsk)
3. The Hub (M3 103 #203487 - Cool Nickle Dmsk, Jeweled Fifth Pinion)
4. Lightning Express (M2 Currier #306760 - Like the Name "Lightning Express!)
5. Queen (M1 Currier #359623 - "Killer Queen" Movement)
Illinois Watch Company, Model ,5 Grade 172, Size 16s, 11 jewels, nickel finish, Openface configuration, Production Year 1907, Run Quantity 600,
Arthur Harold Eaton, Born 1878 in Nova Scotia, Canda. Moved to Collinsville, Conn in 1889 with his family. 1900 Census has him operating a Jewelry store in Collinsville. In 1923 his jewelry store had become an antique rehab/sales store specializing in brass fixtures which was open until his death in May of 1953. The 1940
census listed him as being a machinist at a local factory.
14s Model 2, grade 120
That green spot is not there in real life, not sure why my picture looks that way
Dial signed for Wm. Hiles of Sioux City, Iowa
William Hiles born in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany on July 31 1842 and died in Sioux City Iowa Jan 29, 1919
Described as a pioneer resident and jeweler, he landed in New York in 1859. From there he moved to Omaha Nebraska and then Sioux City Iowa in 1869.
His first address was 319 Pearl Street, located in the "old clock tower building". This is an illustration of that building in "Sioux City Illustrated and Published" courtesy of google books, and dates to 1886.
Later he moved to 617 Fourth st.
I like 14s watches and, unless it's a Waltham, they are not very easy to find in good shape and cased. This one runs great, and as arrived timed at +14sec a day. It lives in a pretty decent J. Boss case. The Illinois 14s has been on my radar for some time, and it's great to find a nice private label. Maybe find that keywinder some day?? Haha.
Just back from overhaul is an Illinois grade 65, model 3 PL for Wilson Bros. of Boston, MA.The movement is marked "King of the Road"
and the dial is marked for railroad service but the PWDB says otherwise. I''m inclined to go with the Wilson Bros as they were pretty savvy business developers starting out with one employee and in a few short years were employing over one hundred folks being the largest jewelry store in New England. It appears this watch was aimed at the railroaders of the several short lines that serviced the Boston area. These would later become part of the southern division of the Boston & Maine.