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Allan C. Purcell

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Watch chains can be as interesting as their watches. The Hair chain here is thought to be c1890. German. The other chain I would say c1930.or a little later. The attraction is the Locket. Mother Father, and the kids. and where it was made I donr realy know-but it could be American-its rolled gold. I think it was sold like this as the locket is the same style as the chain-which can slide to keep the locket centred while wearing it.

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As others have said, I don’t really collect fobs but I do have a few.

I particularly like this one because the last 10 years of my working life were spent in the oil patch with most of that consulting with Baker Hughes.
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They all say that Tom-though I dont think there is a single one who as not stood in front of a mirror, looking how his watch fob or chain looked. Ever watch westerns on the tele-you see more watch chains than indians.
 

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Long ago and far away....

Show off your fob/chain.

Some repeated here...
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I'd say the RR means 'something' and not rail road picked this up many moons ago at an antique 'mall' below GSO airport in an old McLean trucking terminal
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This is a real keen kutter fob, beware of imitations, it is enameled,
I thought I had a rear view.... but not found yet...
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That was Roy Roger`s Double R Bar brand. FYI you can still order a Double R Bar burger at Roy Rogers restaurants.
 

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Very nice Lincoln Fobs above!, I've come close to buying one
of the ones River Rat posted but never pulled the trigger.
That Pittsburgh Press one is fantastic.

I was looking in my watch cabinet and saw this
very little mother of pearl knife from the 40's or 50's?
I was searching for watches one night and
bought this as an impulse buy. They listed it as a
watch fob, but it could also be a key chain fob as well.
I don't think this particular one was ever used
by anyone it's very clean.

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Rob, I have always been partial to these small knife/fobs. Here are a few.
The top on is my smallest. A wood & brass case measuring 1-1/8" closed and 1-7/8' when blade is opened.
The bottom one is a cigar cutter, marked Auto Strop Safety Razor Co. New York, London, Toronto. Measures 2-3/8" closed & 4-1/8" open.
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Here's one that falls more in the watch charm category, but I've always thought it was a fun example of how people entertained themselves before cell phones and tablets.

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Here's one that falls more in the watch charm category, but I've always thought it was a fun example of how people entertained themselves before cell phones and tablets.

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Just in case anyone cannot see what it is, it is a puzzle with some number of round beads and several circular tracks with breaks in the ring that will allow a bead to pass though to the next track. I know that I found them amusing about 75 years ago. :)
 
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The Delemont Watch Company located in W. Farmington, Ohio.
This watch fob is titled "TREED". The front shows three white hounds trapping a raccoon in a tree.
The back is inscribed:
"TREED"
DELEMONT WATCH CO.MPANY
W. Farmington, Ohio
#200
BY GEO. MATTA. O.
The advertisement is out of the May 1978 S. LaRose, Inc. catalogue.
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It is curious that the selection of presidents includes Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson but not Kennedy.
 

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The Delemont Watch Company located in W. Farmington, Ohio.
This watch fob is titled "TREED". The front shows three white hounds trapping a raccoon in a tree.
The back is inscribed:
"TREED"
DELEMONT WATCH CO.MPANY
W. Farmington, Ohio
#200
BY GEO. MATTA. O.
The advertisement is out of the May 1978 S. LaRose, Inc. catalogue.
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"BY GEO." (By George!) is the manufacturer of the fob. He must be a relatively "modern" fob manufacturer as he also made my NAWCC fob from the 1970s.
 

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It is curious that the selection of presidents includes Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson but not Kennedy.
I note that the ad refers to these as close-outs. I would guess that the Kennedy watches had already been entirely sold-out.
 
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I have been sick for 3 weeks but feeling better now. I did come & look at the fobs shown & I love them. I have a few. The first 2 are RR fobs. Then there's the Hamilton fob which is slightly smaller than a silver dollar & a tad larger than a half dollar. I also have an English sterling & rose gold fob. Next is Telegraphers fob dated 1903 & is a RR fob. I also have a Burlington pocket watch for The Order Of Railroad Telegraphers which it will compliment nicely. Another is a Masonic fob. I have a sterling mustache comb fob. The last one is a coin from Uraguay someone drilled a hole in to use as a fob.

Steve

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When I saw the small knives, it made me think of three small Victorinox knives I have. I especially like one I have in sterling silver. The larger plastic scaled knife weighs 21.6 gms & the sterling one weighs 41.8 gms.

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This is a advertisement pocket watch fob for the Pingree and Smith shoe manufacturing company.
It measures 51/64 of an inch from heel to toe and 15/32 of an inch from bottom of heel to top of shoe.
Hazen S. Pingree was born on August 30, 1840 in Denmark, Maine to Jasper Pingree and Adeline (Bryant) Pingree, and attended the common schools in Maine. At age 14 he moved to Saco, Maine where he worked at a cotton factory. Two years later he moved to Hopkinton, Massachusetts and worked several years as a cutter in a shoe factory.
In 1862, he enlisted in the Union Army to serve in the Civil War with the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment, Company F. He fought on the front line during General Pope's Northern Virginia Campaign and the Second Battle of Bull Run. The regiment he fought with was then ordered to defend Washington, D.C. until May 15, 1864, and then was sent to the front again. He fought with the Second Brigade of Tyler's Division, Second Corps, which participated at Fredericksburg Road (May 18), Harris Farm (May 19), and Spotsylvania Court House (May 19-21).
His regiment was then assigned to the Second Corps, Third Division, in the Army of the Potomac and fought at North Anna (May 24-25) where he along with others were captured by a detachment of John S. Mosby's command. Pingree wae confined in Confederate prisons at Gordonsville and Lynchburg, Virginia and at Salisbury, North Carolina. He was taken to Andersonville prison, and while General Sherman was on his march to the sea, he was taken to Millen, Georgia, where he later escaped by pretending to be someone else during a roll call for a prisoner exchange in November 1864. Pingree rejoined his regiment, fought in many more battles, and was present at Appomattox Court House when Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865. A few months later, on August 15th, his regiment was mustered out.
Following the war, Pingree, a cobbler by trade, moved to Detroit and briefly worked for H.P. Baldwin's shoe company. In 1866 Pingree and his accountant, Charles H. Smith, purchased Baldwin's shoe-making machinery and formed the Pingree and Smith Company. In 1883, Smith retired from the firm and J.B. Howarth and Pingree's son Joe joined the partnership. By 1886, it was a 1 million dollar company with 700 employees turning out a half-million shoes and boots a year. In March 1887, a fire destroyed the entire plant, yet they were able to recover. It was the second biggest shoe manufacture in the U.S.
Hazen Stuart Pingree was a four-term Republican Mayor of Detroit, 1889-1897. He was the 24th Governor of the U.S. State of Michigan from 1897 to 1901.
Pingree died in London, England on June 18, 1901. While on a African safari with his son, he was stricken with peritonitis and was unable to return to the U.S.
Dave

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I wear my watches as often as I can. Today while I am waiting at the doctor’s office I have my Hamilton 12s 900 in its factory 14K case being carried by a 14K Victorian era chain which has 18K clasps on both ends. The fob is a 5.8 gm gold nugget.

This watch/chain/fob combination is one of my favorites.
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I have my Hamilton 12s 900 in its factory 14K case being carried by a 14K
Victorian era chain which has 18K clasps on both ends. The fob is a 5.8 gm gold nugget.
WOW, Very nice chain watch and nugget!
My Hamilton 900 is one of my favorite watches.
 

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On the knives I showed, the sterling silver one would be the one to use. It just doesn't have the toothpick & tweezers like the others usually do. The small one with the chain on it says Marlboro on the other side & only has the tweezers with the opposing side having an led light instead of a toothpick.
I got another fob, a cigar/cigarette cutter. It is 1 3/4" tall & 3/4" wide.

Steve

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Heavy equipment and a shoe fob.................This thread has it all!!

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This is a “meat cleaver” pocket watch fob, marked E. D. Friedrich, S. A. Texas on the right side and a left facing arrow F. Dick Made in Germany on the left side.
On doing a google search of F. Dick Germany, F. Dick Cutlery came up. “Friedrich Dick of Germany has manufactured highest quality knives and tools for butchers since the year 1778. The long-standing traditions continue into the 21st century with F. Dick as the cutlery of choice for German butchers and professional chefs. Until very recently, F. Dick cutlery was available only to professionals. Their cutlery is used by 9 out of 10 culinary schools worldwide.”
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Alcatraz Island "Electric Chair" fob. (although one never existed).
Alcatraz had no facilities for Capital Punishment and this process was usually left to State institutions. For Alcatraz, inmates who had been served a death sentence were transferred to San Quentin State Penitentiary for execution in the Gas Chamber.
Front of fob chair back says, ALCATRAZ ISLAND
Back of fob chair back says, ALCATRAZ ISLAND CARPENTER SHOP ELECTRIC CHAIR
Photo of Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA.

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Dave:
Now an electric chair, that's a fob you done see every day
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40 Hommes & 8 Chevaux Boxcar fob.

The Society of 40 Men & 8 Horses
Origin from World War I
The narrow gauge railroads of France had box cars that carried little more than half the capacity of American boxcars and these were used to transport the soldiers to and from the fighting fronts. Each boxcar carried carried 40 men or 8 horses (40 hommes et 8 chevaux).


The makers mark on the back is:
I. J. W. U.
No. (image of a diamond cut stone) 10
Union Made

The I.J.W.U., the International Jewelry Workers’ Union of America, was founded on September 17, 1900. The union dissolved in 1913 as employers throughout the United States sought to create open shop conditions. It regained its AFL charter as an industrial union in 1916 as the International Jewelry Workers Union.
The IJWU fell out of favor with the AFL again in 1918 over jurisdictional issues when it sought to organize the Diamond Workers’ Protective Union of America and the Metal Polishers International Union. It rescinded its control of these two organizations and was reinstated by the AFL on May 11, 1922.

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Here is another advertising fob manufactured by The Whitehead & Hoag Mfg. Co.
This fob is advertising the E. M. Dart Manufacturing Company & their 1890 patent of their "Bronze to Bronze Union Coupling."
This coupling is used by railroads in the piping in their locomotives and cars. They are also used by shipbuilders, smelters and miners.
Also shown is an order of 5,500 of the Dart Unions by Brooks Locomotive Works.
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I have several fobs of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco, Ca.
This one has to be a favorite. A bakelite fob with 1915 in the center and PANAMA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION SAN FRANCISCO around the edge. A little worn but not broken over the past 103 years. I tried to ge a photo with light shinning through the fob.
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The Liberty Bell's 1915 Cross-country tour
In 1915, 500,000 schoolchildren signed a petition asking the city of Philadelphia to send the Liberty Bell to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of San Francisco. Philadelphia complied, and so the world's most famous symbol of liberty began its one and only tour of the nation.

The fob honoring the Liberty Bell's cross-country tour to the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, CA.
The fob was manufactured by the Bastian Bros. Co. Rochester, N.Y.
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RE: Liberty Bell
Very nice one Dave

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I have several fobs of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco, Ca.
This one has to be a favorite. A bakelite fob with 1915 in the center and PANAMA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION SAN FRANCISCO around the edge. A little worn but not broken over the past 103 years. I tried to ge a photo with light shinning through the fob.
Dave

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I have a slightly different version of this one. In addition to the "bling", this one seems to be darker and is more of a tortoise shell. Wonder how many versions might have been made.

Love your LIberty Bell PPIE fob and the great story. I wasn't aware of the fob, or the story behind it.

Thanks for sharing your collection and research with us!
Pat

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This one does not have the PPIE (Panama Pacific International Exposition) stamped on it.
The back is stamped, "DESIGN PAT. JULY 29TH, 1913".
The front has, SAN FRANCISCO 1915, redwood trees, the Golden Bear, poppy flowers and below the 1915 a fair / exposition scene with a ferris wheel.
This could have been designed in anticipation of the forthcoming PPIE.
Dave

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