This is a large 18 size Hampden, fifteen jewel, in a 4 oz. coin silver hunting case! The case is in great shape and the engraving is still pretty crisp while the cartouche is unengraved! We love to find them when they have not been personalized! That means that the cartouche can be engraved with your initials and become your family heirloom!
Hampden was an American watch company that held forth in Springfield, Massachusetts starting in 1877 and later in Canton, Ohio by 1889. This watch, a Series I, 15 jewel, was key wind and key set. It was made circa 1879....a very early piece. Additionally it bears the name H. Weidemann of Chicago which makes it a "Jewelers Contract" watch. If you were a jeweler in Victorian times and you wanted to market your own brand of watch you could "contract" with Hampden and many other watch manufacturers to have your name put on the movement (and sometimes the dial), provided that you met the minimum purchase requirement. That way you could be assured that your customers were getting a quality watch for which there was good engineering and an ample supply of parts.
This particular watch is in great shape and is a strong runner. It winds, sets, and runs, with great accuracy. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.