REVIEW: Die Taschenuhren der E. Howard & Co. by Chistian von Buchau

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  1. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki National Library Chair
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    Aug 25, 2000
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    #1 Fortunat Mueller-Maerki, Feb 25, 2010
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2010

    Howard Pocket Watches from a German Perspective

    Die Taschenuhren der E. Howard & Co. By Chistian von Buchau. Published 2009 by Books on Demand GmbH, Norderstedt (Germany). ISBN 978 3 8370 8039 1. Paperback, 224 pages, 21 cm. 153 illustrations, mostly in color. Available at for Euro 50 plus postage.

    Over the years a fair amount of information has been published on E. Howard pocketwatches, including the NAWCC 2005 publication of the Proceedings of the 2002 NAWCC Symposium in Boxboro, MA, which included Clint Geller’s excellent ‘A Study of E.Howard Watchmaking Innovations 1858-1875’ [Still in print, available at].

    So why would an American Howard collector be interested in a new German language publication covering much of the same subject matter? Because Howard fans often are fanatics, and care deeply about the minute differences in the many models of pocketwatches produced by Howard.

    The German collector Christian von Buchau in his text covers much familiar ground of Howard’s corporate history. He classifies his countless examples into 17 different types of movements, and pages 40 to 98 give numerous movement illustrations of each type. While he provides no source information for his many movement images, I suspect that many of the examples shown have not been previously published, and may have been in Europe for a long time, and therefore may not be familiar to the American Howard community. In addition, following the text portion of the book there is a 52 page section called ‘Gallery’, consisting of good full page color illustrations of 26 Howard pocketwatches presumably from the authors’ own collection, each shown dial-side and movement-side. That documentation alone may make it worthwhile to get the book, even if you can not follow the text.

    Fortunat Mueller-Maerki (Suusex, NJ)

    February 26, 2010

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  2. Bryan Eyring

    Bryan Eyring Registered User
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    Just ordered this and look forward to its receipt!
  3. Niko

    Niko Registered User

    Sep 16, 2009
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    It sure looks interesting, one can have a quick preview on Google Books. It is only in German tho, correct? Thats a bit disappointing, I would think an english edition would sure interest lots of people.

    Good thing I dont have a problem with reading the book like this ;)
  4. To uhr billon

    To uhr billon Registered User

    Jan 20, 2010
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    Niko wrote:
    Richtig, Niko, aber die Übersetzung kostet viel Geld und Zeit. Ich kaufte das Buch, es ist sehr informativ und ich kann es nur empfehlen.

    Correct!, Niko, but the translation costs much money and a lot of time. I bought the book, it is very informative and I will recommend it to everyone, everywhere and at anytime.

    Regards Steffen
    Tourbillons gyrates on

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