- May 4, 2023
For the watch in question, we can be certain it was finished at the M.B., M. & Co. factory in 1893.Messrs. Mathey Bros., Mathez & Co. import extensively from the most celebrated European houses all kinds of gold and silver watches, both plain and complicated, ladies' and gentlemen's split seconds, chronographs, and repeaters. They are sole agents in the United States for the noted houses of H. L. Matile, J. J. Badollet & Co., and C. H. Meylan, junior member of the firm.
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Then a couple of points/questions ... just to make your life "easier" ...
(a) patent protection is national: so unless Nicole had a patent in the US, Meylan did not infringe. Copy yes, infringe not.
(b) Meylan was quite active as patentee: I found US151899 (1874), US202041 (1878), US235794 (1880), US383749 (1888), US390501 (1888), US410327 (1889). According to his own declaration from 1874 to 1888 he was resident in New York, only in 1889 he moved to Brassus, Switzerland.
(c) according to the FOSC of 31 May 1895 (see below), on 1 May 1889 (i.e. as soon as he moved to Switzerland if the patents are to be believed) Meylan toghether with the brothers Mathey and Mathez, founded the Mathey Brothers, Mathez & Cie.
(d) I could not find in the Davoine/ a firm/watch worker called Charles-Henry Meylan in Brassus, but from 1891 onwards there is a fabrique d'horlogerie called Mathey Brothers, Mathez & Cie (also below).
(e) Between 1880 and 1886, in the "indicateur des montagnes" there is a Charles-Henri Meylan active in making chronographes, but he is in Sentier - l'Orient-de-l'Orbe (not Brassus). By 1889 this Charles-Henri is a greffier at the tribunal of l'Orient-de-l'Orbe. So not the same person as Charles-Henry Meylan from New-York.
I apologise but not everything above appears to me to square with your replies to mosesgodfrey .
I am sure your article will clarify everything, just making sure
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