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A.W. Co. Waltham 1883 Ladies Hunter Pocket Watch ~ 14K Rose Gold Filled
This rare-to-find, A.W. Co., Waltham, Mass. (1851-1957) signed antique ladies pocket watch dates to 1883 by the serial number 1,993.259. It has a 14K rose gold filled double hunter case, ¾ plate. It is model 1873 - William Ellery grade, 7 jewels, 16 adjustments for temperature, simple/plain regulator; button setting mechanism, Breguet hair spring. Also hallmarked "Woerd's patents" inside mechanism. Watch weighs 63 grams. Mechanism measures 39mm or 1 1/2" inches, which categorizes it as a size 6. Stem winding. Case marked R2518. Pressing in winding crown opens the front cover.
Expansion balance," which is made of steel on the inside of the balance wheel and brass on the outside, with a split rim, to compensate for the decrease in hairspring elasticity as the temperature increases.
The porcelain dial shows Roman Numeral hour markers and reads: A.W.CO. WALTHAM. May be a hairline crack in porcelain between center and numeral 3.
The front case cover has a highly detailed, hand engraved swirling concentric circle flora motif design of flowers, leaves, ivy, lily pads, and wheat, with a open center for engraving initials. The back case cover has the same design, with also what looks like a church in the center. The front and back covers as well as inside dust cover close properly and tight. The hinges for the covers are strong and in excellent condition.
The blue steel "Spade Style" hour and minute hand, as well as the tiny second hand, are in excellent condition. The crystal is free of any scratches chips or cracks.
Bit O' History: According to the biography by Carl Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln owned and carried a Waltham "Wm. Ellery" watch. The watch he had was an 11-jewel, 18 size, key-wind in a silver hunter case, and was produced in January of 1863.
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