Researching Illinois Pocket Watch Rajah

FloridaLou

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Hello All!
I bought an Illinois Pocket Watch.
The particulars are such:

Illinois Springfield Watch Co
19 jewels
The Rajah
Double roller
Adjusted 3 positions
4576560

case:
Inscribed "With Love Anne"
Keystone Victory
10k rolled gold plate
4010268

How can I find out about the date it was produced, history of the manufacturer, etc?

Thanks all
Lou
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rschussel

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Your watch is a 12 size 19j grade 406 produced in 1925. About 91,000 in total were produced.

Because so many different private labels were produced by Illinois it is had to say how many Rajahs were produced.

Bob
 

Kent

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Hi Lou:

The Illinois Watch Company was founded in 1870 as the Springfield Watch Co. of Springfield, IL. It turned out about five million watches before being sold to the Hamilton Watch Co. of Lancaster, PA, in 1928. An interesting Historical Account of the Illinois Watch Co. is available, re-typed from the pages posted on Greg Frauenhoff's Website. Brief descriptions and list prices of earlier Illinois movements may be seen online in a 530 Kb scan of an 1887 Catalog.

Hamilton continued production in Springfield for several years and then moved operations to the Hamilton plant in Lancaster. Illinois watches continued to be produced as different designs from Hamilton watches until 1949 when the name was retired.

In seeking information about a watch, it is the serial number on the movement (the "works") that is important. Information about Illinois watches may be found in American Pocket Watches Vol. 2, Illinois Watch Co., Encyclopedia and Price Guide, William Meggers, Jr. & Roy Ehrhardt, Heart of America Press, Kansas City, MO, 1985 (no longer in print), and in Russell W Snyder's Illinois Data Base CD, which may be obtained by an email to Jon Hanson at jonontime@aol.com Then, there are Oldwatch.com's Illinois Production Date Chart and the PocketWatchSite's Illinois Date Table which are an online means for determining the approximate production date of Illinois pocket watches. In general, we think of serial number vs. date lists - created by using the average number of watches produced over a period of years - to only be accurate within a year or two at best, and recognize that there are numerous exceptions wherein which the dates may be off as much as 3 years or more. This is not just for Illinois, but for other watch manufacturers as well.

Pictures and descriptions of some Illinois watches may be viewed online on

Pages 79 & 80 of the
1903 Oy Company Catalog

Pages S1 – S8 of the
1917 Oskamp-Nolting Catalog
 
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