• 30
    Jun

‘On the Ball’—Webb C. Ball’s Contribution to Railroad Watches and Timekeeping

Webb C. Ball was born in Fredericktown, Ohio on Oct. 6, 1847 and became a jeweler & watchmaker. When Standard Time was first adopted in 1883, he was the first jeweler to use time signals, bringing accurate time to Cleveland, Ohio. After the infamous railroad collision locomotives belonging to the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern […]

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  • 8
    Jun

How Much Does the Previous Owner Impact the Value of an Antique or Collectible?

With appraisal work, no one aspect affects value in the short term more for an antique or collectible than an iron-clad provenance. Even the most mundane items can have huge variances in value depending on prior ownership. Items such as a Tiffany’s ladies’ tape measure—which now retails for about $225—can be worth $48,875, or a […]

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  • 4
    May

Longines’ World War Two Pilot’s Wristwatch

This Longines’ World War Two Pilot’s Wristwatch, with a Wheem’s aircraft navigational calculation bezel, is an early and quite rare Longines Aircraft Navigation watch. This type of watch was pioneered and developed by Longines during the 1930’s, with consultation from Charles Lindbergh, the famous American aviator who was the first pilot to cross the Atlantic […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Valuable Items That Slip Through the Cracks

When it’s time to liquidate a family estate what are the first things we think of as having value. The dinning room is our first thought for its silverware, crystal and that special dinner ware that you only saw on holidays. Then we hurry into the bedroom and locate the jewelry boxes. After that it’s […]

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  • 11
    Mar

A Short History of the Wristwatch

The first fully portable timepieces began to appear in the early 1500s, but they were so inaccurate, they only needed one hand: for the hours. Watches made in subsequent years were carried in a specially made box, worn as a pin, or suspended around the neck by a chain or cord. Watches specifically adapted to […]

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  • 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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  • 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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