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Need help with N size Howard Series III production date....Civil War?

robert jeansonne

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Need some info from the Howard watch experts out there. I know the series III N size Howards (early ones) are hard to put a date stamp on, but I was curious to the cutoff date (approximately) of identifying a Howard in the Civil War era. I have one with serial number 9626, which is hard to pinpoint if it was produced before mid April, 1865 or not. It also has an E.Howard case (silver) and is in excellent condition. Was wondering if I have a pre or post civil war Howard timepiece. Any responses are welcome:confused:
 

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Howard watch movements did not leave the factory in strict serial order, but according to the factory records, movements 5,291 through 5,300 were completed in mid-August of 1864. I figure it would likely have taken at least a month or two, and probably longer, after being completed for a movement to get into a case and into someone's pocket. So since the last battle of the Civil War was fought in April of 1865, I'd say that serial number 6,000 would be a reasonable cut-off for Howard watches which could conceivably have seen service in that conflict.
 
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Thanks so much! I'll try and get a photo of the watch on board ASAP...
 

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