Found 76 articles matching Jewelry category.
  • Nov 17 2008
  • 17 Nov 2008

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.

  • Nov 16 2008
  • 16 Nov 2008

Estate Contents of past North Adams MA Hist Soc Auctioned on eBay

10kt gold cameo

  • Nov 13 2008
  • 13 Nov 2008

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.

  • Nov 7 2008
  • 7 Nov 2008

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.

  • Nov 4 2008
  • 4 Nov 2008

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.

  • Oct 31 2008
  • 31 Oct 2008

THE ROLEX COSMOGRAPH

Amongst the various complications popular in contemporary wristwatches, the chronograph offers a most practical function in a broad spectrum of situations.

  • Oct 28 2008
  • 28 Oct 2008

An Archaeologist Who Digs Beads

Editor’s Note: Dolores Elliott’s background may be in archaeology, but her lifelong love is Iroquois-beadwork antiques and collectibles.

  • Oct 1 2008
  • 1 Oct 2008

The Rolex Submariner

Rolex introduced the Submariner at the 1954 Basel Watch Fair. The first production model, available to the public that same year, was Ref. 6204. This was originally promoted at the Basel Fair as a scuba diving watch, without the word “Submariner” on the dial.

  • Oct 1 2008
  • 1 Oct 2008

Boston Watch Co.’s Howard & Rice watches

The pioneering American watch company, in its incarnation as the Boston Watch Company (formerly Waltham Watch Company) struggled through 1854 to produce 10 watches a day. Even this was too much for the trade to absorb and the company chugged along through 1855 gradually getting its watches accepted in the trade, but barely making ends meet.

  • Oct 1 2008
  • 1 Oct 2008

Dating Mexican Silver

Mexico’s tradition of magnificent silverwork dates as far back as the 1530s. Mexico has abundant deposits of precious metals, so it was natural that a thriving jewelry and hollowware market would evolve there. But establishing authenticity, purity and age – especially for vintage and antique pieces – can be challenging.