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They also purchased mvts from Aurora, Rockford and a Swiss company or two.Illinois, Elgin, Hampden, Hamilton--these are the makers from which the various Jaccard firms acquired their movements. I did not see any Walthams.
I just bought two St. Louis Jaccards, a Hampden and an Elgin. Working on them now.
Apparently there were some Waltham's sold by Mermod, Jaccard & Co., as evidenced by this earlier post - https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/the-jaccard-companies.149287/#post-1177480I did not see any Walthams.
Mermod Jaccard made up their own grade names. They purchased movements from Hampden (and other companies) and had them engraved with their own marketing scheme. At the time your watch was made (1882ish) these made up their grading scale.so did Mermod, Jaccard & Co have a standard movement and a railroad movement
I agree, Mike. The gold jewel settings, gold balance screws and damaskeening all look like Riverside grade finish to me. The Royal just had brass or composition settings. Does yours have a double-roller escapement? That is another feature that started appearing on the Riverside grade, but not lower grades.Here's one from a Royal grade run, but it looks to have a little nicer finish.
I have another one to add here. It is a Mermod Jaccard & Co. it says that on the dial but on the movement, it says M J & Co's Railroad. This one is actually in the catalog I have because it is a keywind. I had the stem wind version already.
Mermod Jaccard made up their own grade names. They purchased movements from Hampden (and other companies) and had them engraved with their own marketing scheme. At the time your watch was made (1882ish) these made up their grading scale.
"Standard" - 11 jewel gilt finish
"Goodman King" - 13 jewel, gilt finish
"MJ&Co Railroad Watch". - 15 jewel nickel finish
"D.C. Jaccard" - 15 jewels nickel and adjusted to temperature
"Mermod Jaccard & Co." 15 jewels nickel adjusted to temperature and position
There were also grades made up for the ladies watches. The grades evolved over time, example is the "Goodman King" was upgraded to 15 jewels and nickel sometime in the mid 1880s.
Great watch, thanks for sharing it!
can you repost these photos.