Seeking help identifying family heirloom

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  1. Jim Wooten

    Jim Wooten New Member

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    Hoping someone will be kind enough to help me identify a pocket watch that is thought to have been purchased by my great-great grandfather in the mid-1800's in Georgia or North Carolina. Below is a verbal description; I have struggled to get good images.

    Movement (a replacement from around 1905): Elgin, 18 size, 17-jewel, serial # 11011101.

    Hunting Case (gold)
    Outside front: Engraved outer rim, center shield
    Inside front: "P & D" over a carved eagle over "54732"

    Outer back case outside: same as outside front, except no center shield
    Outer back case inside: same as inside front case plus in hand lettering "S3178" and "S3316"

    Inner back case outside: plain
    Inner back case inside: In the center, "54732" over "changed by Wendell & Co". In addition, several numbers are hand-lettered: #30368, #33192, #38325, 25721, and #189L

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Clint Geller

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    #2 Clint Geller, Jun 13, 2018
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    "serial # 11011101." Wow, that's binary! :) The chances of an eight digit number randomly being all zeroes and ones (with a 1 necessarily for the leading digit) is only 0.000128%, or only slightly higher, if you assume the first digit could have been no higher than a three or a four.
     
  3. musicguy

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    Hi Jim and welcome to the NAWCC message board
    Photographs are the best source for information. The movement as you
    already said is a grade 307 Elgin 17j from circa 1905
    Hopefully someone will help with your case.



    Rob
     
  4. Jim Wooten

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    Well, I was hoping the watch was special ;)
     
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    "In addition, several numbers are hand-lettered: #30368, #33192, #38325, 25721, and #189L

    Jim, I would wager they are service marks left by the jewellers who did work on the watch over the years.

    Regards,

    Jay.
     
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    Thanks
     

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