The Star Watch Case Company started in 1897 making watch cases for the Elgin Watch Company. This was clearly misleading, since the movements were not made in the city of Elgin, it was just the case that was made there. Private label 'Comet' made for C. By-the-way, mine is a model 616. Watch info identical to yours except production numbers differed slightly. An addition for a new company office was made in 1943. This wasn't uncommon for other American watch factories yet Illinois watch company made more watches with these various dial names as any other American watch factory did.
These details can sometimes be important. Over time it expanded to over 70,000 square feet. Would appreciate any more information on approx value. Their gold supply in bars was held in a local Ludington bank, then as need some bars were transferred to the factory for melting down. Adams, who presented the matter before the local Board of Trade of Springfield, Ill. Illinois Watch Factory The Illinois Springfield Watch Company was organized in 1869 primarily through the efforts of J.
Miller, Secretary and a Board of Directors consisting of John W. Black, and the President and Secretary. It has a 14k hunter case multicolor gold with a star of 8 edges on one side a diamond inside the star. However if I read your chart correctly it is an 1873-1874? I just receivedmy dads Elgin pocket watch that he received from his grandpa. Up to the year 1902 the product of this company had been almost altogether cheap and medium grades, but in 1903 the company discontinued manufacturing cheap movements altogether, and have since confined themselves almost exclusively to the higher grade movements in seventeen, nineteen, twenty-one and twenty-three jewels. The factory was occupied as soon as completed and work on the machinery was pushed forward.
From this one number we are able to find the age, grade and quality of the Elgin watch that you have. Pocket watches and certainly all of the older models, that people may have inherited will almost certainly have a mechanical set-up. I hope I am looking at the corret number this is on the inner workings not the gold case number that number is 1114021 It is working quite well. It is a hunting Case pocket watch movement in an open face case. Based on the attachment to case I am not sure if this was originally designed to use a band, a chain or perhaps a pin which would attach to clothing.
Serial Number Year 31,000 1867 71,000 1868 101,000 1869 126,000 1870 152,000 1871 176,000 1872 210,000 1873 310,000 1874 410,000 1875 510,000 1876 552,000 1877 601,000 1878 701,000 1879 801,000 1880 1,000,000 1881 1,440,000 1882 1,650,000 1883 1,850,000 1884 2,000,000 1885 2,550,000 1886 3,000,000 1887 3,550,000 1888 4,000,000 1889 4,400,000 1890 4,890,000 1891 Serial Number Year 5,000,000 1892 5,500,000 1893 6,000,000 1894 6,550,000 1895 7,000,000 1896 7,550,000 1897 8,100,000 1898 9,100,000 1899 9,350,000 1900 9,755,000 1901 10,100,000 1902 11,000,000 1903 12,100,000 1904 12,500,000 1905 13,100,000 1906 13,550,000 1907 14,100,000 1908 15,100,000 1909 16,000,000 1910 17,000,000 1911 17,550,000 1912 18,000,000 1913 18,500,000 1914 19,000,000 1915 20,000,000 1916 Serial Number Year 21,000,000 1917 22,000,000 1918 23,000,000 1919 24,000,000 1920 25,000,000 1921 26,000,000 1922 27,000,000 1923 28,000,000 1924 29,000,000 1925 30,000,000 1926 32,000,000 1927 33,000,000 1928 33,300,000 1929 33,500,000 1930 33,700,000 1931 34,000,000 1932 35,000,000 1933 35,500,000 1934 36,200,000 1935 37,000,000 1936 37,900,000 1937 38,200,000 1938 39,100,000 1939 40,200,000 1940 41,100,000 1941 Serial Number Year 42,200,000 1942 42,600,000 1943 43,200,000 1944 44,000,000 1945 45,000,000 1946 46,000,000 1947 47,000,000 1948 48,000,000 1949 50,000,000 1950 52,000,000 1951 53,300,000 1952 54,000,000 1953 54,500,000 1954 55,000,000 1955 While I'm not an expert, I believe the information on this page is correct. People would go to the local jewelry store, pick out a watch movement that they liked, and then with the money left over, they would pick out a watch case. It is planned to devote a portion of the first floor for the use of the men as a club room. These are very common in pocket watches. Hi Clark…you have indeed read my chart correctly and it is most likely 1874.
The early Illinois models were key-wound and key-set and are quite collectible today. Hello, I recently acquired an antique Elgin pocket watch from my uncle. One hundred and twenty-five operatives were employed and the factory was producing watches a the rate of about twenty five per day. They were attached to waistcoats and jackets by means of a chain. Housed in a Howard marked Crescent Extra gold filled case. I would like to know what all this means, and what value it has, if possible. Also, this will mean it was made in 1952? Like so many others have tried to do since, the company attempted to sell direct to the retail trade, and the marketing of the product was placed in the hands of the Secretary, Mr.
The important serial number is the one on the movement which is 10015347? These men came to Springfield in April, 1870, and went to work in a temporary machine ship hired for the purpose. I have a pocket watch I am trying to get information on. In 1869 the attention of a number of public spirited citizens and capitalists of Springfield was called to the great advantage which would result to the city from the establishment and conduct of manufacturing industries. When a watch was brought in for repair or cleaning, the watchmaker would often, but not always, scratch some kind of code into the back of the case so that can tell if they have repaired a the watch before. It is certainly worth money and you could check locally if there are any trustworthy jewellers who could offer you an appraisal. The Illinois Pocket Watch Company is well described in this story written in 1913. Its main purpose was to manufacture pocket watch cases.
They came to Springfield in April 1870 and began work on the machine shop tools in a temporary shop, as it was found necessary to build the machine shop tools, that being the quickest way to get them at that time. Hi, i have a pocket watch with below details. Antique pocket watches like these don? Usually the Roman numerals are scratched in by hand. Hi, I have a Elgin director with hunter case 14k gold the serial number states it was made in 1895. Never use a screwdriver to try to open a case. Contact our site Administrator at. News, business and sports journalist James Andrews began writing professionally in 1996.