What does eagle hallmark on A.W.Co. case mean?

Fosssil

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Does anyone know the meaning of this hallmark on what appears to be a gold A.W.Co. case on a Waltham movement with serial #775620?

Note that this is NOT the same eagle hallmark that is shown in various books as signifying 16K solid gold.
 

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Clint Geller

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Welcome Fossil, to the NAWCC Message Board,

The eagle marking was not unique to the A.W.Co.'s case department. It was used widely in the 1860's by American watch case makers as a patriotic symbol, essentially meaning "Made in America." I believe that the use of this marking began during the Civil War, but continued for a time afterwards. The eagle device, which is not actually a "hallmark," was used on both gold and silver American cases.

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As noted in other threads, there were scores of makers that used an eagle mark. While not technically a "hall" mark, it did symbolize the maker and/or retailer. They all used different eagle marks. Several books discuss this in detail.

Eagles facing right, left, wings spread, wings in close etc etc all had different makers.

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Hi Jeff

Could you name the titles of some of the books you mentioned; where the Eagle symbol is used to denote a particular casemaker, depending upon which direction the Eagle is facing.I have very limited references on Watchcase makers.Thanks


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Will do.

I am in Omaha today at the Union Pacific. Will post info tomorrow night.

BTW, I have posted this inof on here before.

Jeff
 

vandd

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I thought i read somewhere that an eagle mark ment either 16-18K
like this photo of my lever escapement fusee
This watch dates from 1800-1850 area
the bummer thing is there was a d a dana in NH during that time period i just have to get everything together to find out if this was (his/hers)
 

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