Rockfords and the dating of Serial numbers

HenryB

Registered User
Jan 13, 2004
2,290
4
0
San Antonio
Country
I noticed this last week, and I will use the watch Dave (IMHO) illustrated in a recent thread, to ask the question.

Serial Number 330xxx

Shugart's Price Guide to Watches lists it circa 1889-1890
Gold Book Beginning to End Book (Ehrhardt & Meggers) lists it circa 1897-1898
Identification and Price Guide - Book 2 (Ehrhardt) lists it circa 1897-1898
Rockford Watch Co. Handbook - (John Fogarty) lists it circa 1889 - 1890
Rockford Watch Primer -(Greg Frauenhoff) lists it in the first five years of 1890.
Rockford Watch Co. Book "red book" by (Ehrhardt) does not list any dates.

Is there another source out there on Rockford dates and if so what date is carried for 330xxx ?
 

Dave Chaplain

NAWCC Member
Feb 16, 2001
2,171
39
48
sites.google.com
Country
Henry:

The Ehrhardt "red book" does show some Rockford ads that are stamped "1896 A. C. Becken Supply Catalog", and if we can trust the stamped date (the pages have no original print dates), and if the watches were made if roughly sequential order, the 18s watches shown are numbered from 300xxx to 411xxx.

In the same book, the Oskamp Nolting ads stamped "1903" (again, the original page prints don't include a date) show 18s numbers from 437xxx to 517xxx, and the Lapp & Flershem ads stamped "1904" show 18s numbers from 437xxx to 517xxx and 16s numbers all in the 544xxx range.

Maybe ads is the way to go, as apparently was done for the Hampden book to create their serial number to date date listing. If there were enough original cases with inscriptions, that would also be helpful - but that'd probably be the hardest set of data to verify and assemble.

BTW - the "red book" does have the standard Ehrhardt date listing for Rockford and other makers in the last few pages of the book. But that list doesn't agree with the "1896" ad date for the A.C. Becken catalog and illustrations (Page 78). For example, the Ehrhardt list of dates show 411,xxx as 1900-1901 rather than 1896.
 
Know Your NAWCC Forums Rules!
RULES & GUIDELINES

NAWCC Forums

Forum statistics

Threads
181,391
Messages
1,582,705
Members
54,791
Latest member
LSZ
Encyclopedia Pages
918
Total wiki contributions
3,130
Last edit
Swiss Fake by Kent
Top