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USA Crystal Guard For WW1 Watches

vicstictok

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I receintly purchased this USA crystal guard on a New Haven watch with a period conversion watch band. Does anyone have any information about this USA crystal guard? Thanks, Vic.

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DoughBoyWatches

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if there is no logo stam, Pat#, Pat Pend, or depose mark on it, then it could be a fake...But it could very well be a period fake. There were actually lawsuits filed against jewelers and companies who were making repro mesh guards at the time, Mealy duo also had issued statements in their saying "look for the pat duo stamp" however iam sure some were made as to not copy other brands and this one is nothing like i have ever seen from any manufacturer of the time but does resemble a Mealy style guard. below you will see a post from stan czubernat who gives a compelling argument that he believes it was patented by mealy duo. And as I see it does resemble a mealy as far as the legs go. but then again one thing that doesnt convince me is that Mealy always stamped their guards, but due to the pinwheel design he believes it was stolen by Samuel Heimberg the designer of the pinwheel guard. And that leads to me agreeing that it is a possibility that this is so rare due to another lawsuit which stopped production dead in its tracks.....Also this watche also resembles the ingersol radiolite which were often couples with the mealy 6s guards....so one has got to wonder was this a situation of the little guy trying to compete with a bigger company and then just getting crushed?

 
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vicstictok

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Jan 1, 2018
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if there is no logo stam, Pat#, Pat Pend, or depose mark on it, then it could be a fake...But it could very well be a period fake. There were actually lawsuits filed against jewelers and companies who were making repro mesh guards at the time, Mealy duo also had issued statements in their saying "look for the pat duo stamp" however iam sure some were made as to not copy other brands and this one is nothing like i have ever seen from any manufacturer of the time but does resemble a Mealy style guard. below you will see a post from stan czubernat who gives a compelling argument that he believes it was patented by mealy duo. And as I see it does resemble a mealy as far as the legs go. but then again one thing that doesnt convince me is that Mealy always stamped their guards, but due to the pinwheel design he believes it was stolen by Samuel Heimberg the designer of the pinwheel guard. And that leads to me agreeing that it is a possibility that this is so rare due to another lawsuit which stopped production dead in its tracks.....Also this watche also resembles the ingersol radiolite which were often couples with the mealy 6s guards....so one has got to wonder was this a situation of the little guy trying to compete with a bigger company and then just getting crushed?

Thanks for your response. I agree with what you say. I think this is one of the guards that were manufactured to get around a patent. I think Stan hit the nail on the head, Mealy made this guard and changed it just enough to try to get around a current patent. Most likely it did not work and that is why there are so few of them around. I have looked the guard over very closely & there are no makers marks. I have added some more photos to show the attachment feet. All are in perfect condition. Again Stan is correct that this guard was made for the dollar watches with the winder at the 12 position. The hook foot @ 12 fits just right around the winder stem. The guard fits perfectly on this type of watch. I received it on the New Haven "Service Radium" converted pocket watch in the very old pig skin conversion watch band. All are in excellent condition. It looks like the watch, guard & band are in their original use configuration. Taking into account the condition of all, it appears they were used then put in a drawer and left for a long time. I moved the guard to the Ingersoll because without the radium glowing on the New Haven the hands are hard to see under the guard. The guard looks better on the Ingersoll Midget because you can see the hands better & you can see the whole guard. But I have not lost sight of the fact that the guard most likely "belongs" to the New Haven with the conversion band. They will always be kept in close proximity & at some point I may move the guard back to the New Haven "Service Radium" watch. It is possible that is why the watch, guard & band were put away. They got to be old style, of little value @ the time & you could hardly read the hands on it with the radium depleted. If anyone else has any more information on this guard I would really appreciate you letting me know. The guard appears to be made of brass & had plated with some silver metal that has mostly worn away. Also could be nickel that has aged to appear the brass color. I don't want to polish it because the gold color looks so good. Thanks, Vic.

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