‘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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.