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Discussion in 'American Pocket Watches' started by Greg Frauenhoff, Mar 19, 2019.
That is an amazing case. What do you make of that face below the enameled shield?
This lovely guilloche enamel case, by Dubois Watch Case Co., holds a Waltham 10-ligne movement from around 1910. The movement is the diameter of a nickel 5-cent piece; the case diameter is about that of a quarter dollar.
I actually have a box of these slides, with Waltham's P/N on it, that I acquired from an old jeweler's estate
I have a nice little 0s that is nice but not in the
same league as the fantastic ones above.
Fahys monarch, 14k gold filled. 20yr. 3/0 size. One of only a few gold filled cases I have around. I like the raised textures, and three colors of gold. Although I love silver cases.... This is definitely the "prettiest" example I have .
What a good thread!
Here is a Hamilton case I like very much two color gold(and I like the crown)
This case is beautiful.
Josh Johnson 17J Liverpool runner, 1826, 18K American pair case 56MM.
keith .. i know thisis about cases... but can we see the hallmark and the movement?
OK.............Has temp comp curb. The HM is incorrect 1824 (F). Craftsman tried to
emulate English but post 1822 is without crown.
Case maker Harding & S....
Yes, who would want the case ("Plain") to take away from the Grand Finale fireworks on the plates and bridges of that watch?!
That is a lovely watch and pin. Is it a Dueber case? As I have mentioned elsewhere, guilloche enamel is not seen that often on American cases.
wow. the compensating balance on that thing is awesome. As is the interesting writing on the inside back. I cannot read it and as mentioned (ad infinitum) I am very interested in post colonial American Watch cases and "manufacturing". Can you post a bigger pic of the inside back with the Philadelphia bits? (IF this is boring to the general population maybe you can send it to me via pm?
why not have Keith post it in this thread
Post-Colonial American Pre-industrial watchmaking & cases
I have done quite a bit of casual research on that! Evidently, for about 20 years or so during late Victorian period, "devil-type" characters were considered humorous and whimsical. Ane site called images of the devil as "dandyish". One site said "At one point in the Victorian Era Halloween became a romantic holiday that competed with Valentine's Day."
Weird right? Oddly disturbing like the current 15 year design-popularity of SKULLS in art and jewelry and watches.
There is nothing about that head that looks devilish to me. I think it's an anthropomorphised representation of a big cat - maybe a leopard? For sure, those are animal's ears and not horns.
It does look a bit like the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz movie with a haircut. : "With a woof, and a woof..."
Those gold with thin-line black enamel work always look very classy to me. With the color shield, this one is even nicer.
I think that perhaps cases with faces deserves their own thread, no? I guess I'll start it, but it will be in the European PW section, as my example is Swiss. Cheers.
I have in my archives a pic of a long ago sold super-case....enamel scene of an imp shoveling diamonds into the mouth of the man in the moon.
I believe so - I'll check tonight.
It is definitely American-made, that much I do remember.
So.. okay I know it's not a competition but do I win now? Where's my prize?
WOW! What a beautiful case!
You already have your prize and that is owning such a great case.
Please tell us who made it and show the hallmarks.
case is unmarked excpet for "101" Making me think it is a one of a kind. and "14k" . I bought it years ago from a midwestern fellow. Secuation is that lady liberty here was made for the Columbian expositon. "speculation"
Here is the design patent for this case. (I remembered seeing this in Niebling's book)
"The design for a watch-case, as herein shown, consisting of a crescent having a face within the horns of the crescent, and a pendant, as set forth".
A male of female face is not specified.
Geez Jerry. You never cease to amaze me. I guess a logical "guess" that since Frederick Rapp was from Chicago and the "patent" of this watch case. was just a couple years prior to the Columbian Exposition that a "possible attribution" of a connection to the speculation of this being made for the Columbian Exposition is still plausible.
(using proper "weasel words" important for hisorical guesses)