• 9
    Jan

Top Obama Inaugural Collectibles

Superstar Will Smith got teary. Ellen Malcolm, founder of Emily’s List called it “a proud moment in our nation’s history.” Great Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown deemed it “inspirational.” There were reports of millions of joyful people dancing in the streets from Bogotá to Naples to Shanghai to Chicago. Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert slaughtered […]

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  • 29
    Dec

Early 20th Century Prestige Watches

The early 20th century saw fierce competition among American watch companies. Every watch company in the country produced a “top of the line” watch, of the best production and high grade. These were, of course, lesser production because they required more time and effort. These companies took the competition one step further and started producing […]

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  • 19
    Dec

Boston Watch Co. Dennison Howard and Davis

The early watch manufacturers didn’t do things consistently or exactly in series. The Boston Watch Company—the granddaddy of all American watch companies—is particularly annoying in this respect. Nearly every watchmaker in the United States was either European- or English-trained. Dennison was incorporating Eli Whitney’s mass production assembly line to the watch industry, which was going […]

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  • 30
    Nov

Disney’s Magic Kingdom of Collectibles

Editor’s Note: There are collectibles, and then there are Disney collectibles. Mickey, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Little Mermaid—these keepsakes go across so many generations and bring such happiness to them. Learn more about Disney collecting.

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  • 17
    Nov

THE HAMILTON WATCH CO.

The Hamilton Watch Company came into existence in 1892. The name Hamilton was selected to honor Andrew Hamilton, original owner of the site of Lancaster. Hamilton was granted the land by William Penn’s heirs and is credited with founding the city of Lancaster with his son James.

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  • 17
    Nov

Jacob Custer Watchmaker, Norristown, Pa.

Jacob D. Custer (1805-1872) is an important name in American horology, he is best known for his clocks which he made in Norristown, Pa. beginning in the early 1830s.

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  • 16
    Nov
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    Nov

Timely Deals at Clock Auction

Editor’s Note: Mark Peer, WorthPoint’s Worthologist specializing in antique clocks, reports on the recent Fontaine’s auction that featured many spectacular antiques.

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  • 7
    Nov

THE ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH CO.

Elgin National Watch Company was founded in 1864, right as the Civil War was coming to an end. The first watch Elgin made, an 18-sized B.W. Raymond railroad grade watch, was finished in 1867, and over the course of the next 100 years, it went on to produce about 60 million watches. Elgin produced its first wristwatch around 1910, leading most other American watch companies by many years.

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  • 4
    Nov

THE WATCH THAT MADE THE DOLLAR FAMOUS

The Ingersoll Watch Company is famous for two things. In its early incarnation, it produced the ubiquitous “dollar watch,” and several decades later made the equally ubiquitous Mickey Mouse watch, which actually saved the then-financially shaky company.

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