Philadelphia, PA private labels

Jerry Treiman

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Some lovely private-label watches have shown up recently, in various threads, that are from Philadelphia jewelers. I thought it would be fun to focus on private-label watches from the various Philly jewelers such as Bailey, Banks & Biddle, J.E. Caldwell, John Wanamaker or others.

Here is a high-grade (Am’n Watch Co.) from Waltham for Bailey, Banks & Biddle. It is a 1-size 1882 model.
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Here is an 8-size 1873-model Am’n Watch Co. grade.
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Most of the private-label watches I have seen for Wanamaker have been Elgins. Here is my 12-size 19-jewel grade 193.
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For Caldwell I am going to cheat on the scope of this forum since the only examples I have (or had) are Swiss -- a couple by Agassiz and one from Vacheron & Constantin.
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Does anyone have Caldwell watches by American manufacturers?
 

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I'll start with some Illinois...

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And a Fredonia...

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And a couple of Walthams...

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And, finally, one that I'm not quite sure about. I cannot find this person in our geneology.

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As long as I'm going, I'll add a pedometer from my collection.

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Bailey Banks & Biddle (BB&B - 1832-2009) was the largest in Philadelphia, on par with Tiffany's in NY and Shreve, Crump & Low in Boston. Detailed history on BB&B here --> Hagley Museum and Library: Bailey, Banks & Biddle records (2453) -- Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department Department

I have a couple BB&B watches, although I could have more if I didn't limit myself to size 16 & 18 American.
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J. E. Caldwell (1839-2009) was another high end jeweler, lasting about the same time as BB&B.
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H.M. Jacobson & Son, Philadelphia, who was the retailer that carried the line of Pennsylvania Special Illinois watches
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C.R. Smith is one I can find advertisements of but have not yet found much on the history of the company..
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Here is one I previously posted in the Hamilton Private labels thread, a 16s, 17J, grade 974, made for C.R. Smith & Son, Philadelphia (marked on dial and movement). SN 859629. It went to finishing Dec. 12, 1911.

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I found a bit about Smith & Son In the Feb. 5, 1919, Jewelers Circular, beginning at the bottom of the second column on page 311.

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Since Jerry T. has shown non-U.S. Philadelphia PLs, I will too, but I suggest that the moderator move this thread to "Horological Misc." so that it will cover both U.S. and non-U.S. watches.

I have Philadelphia PLs only from J.E. Caldwell and Bailey, Banks & Biddle. All of these watches have Swiss movements. In this post, I will show my J.E. Caldwell PLs. In my next post, I will show my BB&B PLs.

18k H.R. Ekegren (Pre-Koehn Takeover)

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18k H.R. Ekegren (Post-Koehn takeover)


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18k H.R. Ekegren Chronograph (Pre-Koehn Takeover)

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18k Ekegren Minute Repeater (Post-Koehn Takeover)

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18k and Enamel Cress Arrow-cased IWC Caliber 73B

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14k Knapp-Cased Ed. Koehn

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Ultra-Thin Platinum V&C, Based on LeCoultre Ebauche

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Ethan Lipsig

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Here are my Bailey, Banks & Biddle PLs.

18k 12-size C.H. Meylan (Type I in my own classification system)

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14k Jeannot & Shiebler-Cased C.H. Meylan (Type I in my own classification system)

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18k & Enamel Patek Philippe "Special", 28mm in diameter cased

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It would be sweet if "special" were a Patek Philippe quality demarcation, like "Extra", but I think it just is a Bailey, Banks & Biddle marketing ploy.
 
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This Patek Philippe from the 1880s is the flagship of my little flotilla.
Wow, very nice Lee! Triple signed.

That leather case with the sea creatures is fantastic too.

Rob
 
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Beautiful watch, Lee. The case was made by Jeannot & Shiebler, one of the very best American watch case makers.
 

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