This is a Ball railroad watch that was marketed by A. Frankfield. The watch is a Ball that was made by the American Waltham Watch Company. A. Frankfield was a high end jeweler and importer in New York. that contracted with the Webb C. Ball watch company to provide them with watches they could then retail under their own brand with the assurance that the engineering and parts supply was strong. This way they had a stellar brand with their name on the dial that their customers would relish. Ball didn't make any of their own watches, they contracted with all the major watch manufacturers to make watches for them. This one is a Waltham as identified by the regulator shape. Yep, it's convoluted! These watches are known as "Jeweler's Contract" watches and there are collections which consist of a variety of these great manufacturers under hundreds of jeweler's names. The jeweler would agree to purchase a good number of movements,and sometimes cases, from the original manufacturer (Waltham in this case) and then the original manufacturer would put the jeweler's name on the dial so it would appear to be their own brand. As an interesting aside in 1891 there was a head-on crash between two railway trains, Lake Shore and Michigan Southern, near Kipton, Ohio. There was conjecture about what caused the the crash...some say that the engineers watch stopped for four minutes and then started-up again and others say that the stem pulled out and altered the correct time. Either way the fast mail train was coming through and, although the engineer thought he was at at the crossing at the correct time, he was in fact, four minutes late and the resulting tragedy made the American government take notice. A railroad commission was established headed by Webb C. Ball who was a Cleveland jeweler. The railroad officials asked Ball to establish strict standards for railroad watches that would assure accuracy and regular inspection backed by stringent record keeping for each individual timepiece. Prior to this time all manner of clocks and watches were used to time the movements of the trains. Each railroad had its own standards and there was no universal compliance. Once Ball established the high water mark for ruggedness and accuracy the manufacturers set about meeting those standards and soon there was a list of the companies that could meet these new Railroad Standards. Ball became the general time inspector for over 125,000 miles of railroad in the U.S., Mexico, & Canada. This is how the expression "on the ball" came into the vernacular. This particular Ball, 16 size, 19 jewel, lever set, three quarter plate nickel movement, has the gold RR seal on the movement indicating that it is a railroad approved watch. This fantastic movement is housed in a screw back/screw bezel, yellow gold-filled case which sports a very interesting blue (rare) five minute track. Make sure you notice the gold jewel cups, interesting damaskeening pattern on the plates, and the pristine condition of the movement. Our master watchmakers have it running, winding, and setting so that it could pass railroad inspection today. Remember all our timepieces are fully restored and warrantied for a year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This is a finely made Swiss 16 jewel open face pocket watch that was surely carried by a fine gentleman back in the day! It has a lever escapement and is pendant set. The watch is a Swiss size - 16.5 lignes , comparable to an American 12 size. As there is no name on the dial, or the movement, we would call this an ebauche - probably made for export to a small family jewelry shop in England or America! If you wanted your own brand of watch to retail you could contract with one of the major Swiss manufacturers to produce a minimum number that would allow you to market a brand with your name on the dial or you could choose to have no name on it...which is the case here. You, as a retailer, could be assured of quality engineering, a constant parts supply, and a watch that you could be proud to sell. This Swiss pocket watch, circa 1921, has a metal dial with a wonderful patina on it! It has aged perfectly over the years to that great vintage appearance that only time can create. The 18k solid gold case is plain polished and in mint condition. Overall a simply elegant timepiece which can be yours for generations to come. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This is a lovely little Swiss Ladies watch, circa 1895, in a 12 lignes solid gold multi-color case - comparable to an American 3/0 size, the perfect size for wearing as a pendant. The movement has 7 jewels and is in excellent running condition. The 14k solid gold case is a triumph of gold work that has been executed in three colors of engraved gold. All the engraving is crisp and quite attractive! The fancy dial is porcelain with a fantastic multi-color design that has some very tiny hair line cracks that are invisible to the naked eye. The Gold Louis XIV hands just add to the elegance of the watch. Any lady would be proud to step out with this beauty hanging from a slide chain around her neck. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This watch is 14k solid gold with diamonds and enamel and is a rare size to boot! The turn of the last century (1900) was a Golden Age for pocket watch companies and a time when Elgin was at their best. This ladies' pocket watch was made in 1910 by Elgin, the largest manufacturer of watches in the world, located in Elgin Illinois. This piece is a 4/0 size with a solid 14k gold case that measures 26mm in diameter by 37mm from the bottom of the watch to the top of the bow. It is an extremely hard to find smaller size that was very much sought after for its elegance and easy-to-wear size. Not only is this a rare size, but it is an Art Nouveau piece as well, employing multicolor enamel, and diamonds to make as elegant a ladies pendant watch as one could want. The case back, which is designed to be worn facing outward and easily displayed because of a swiveling bow that gives the owner an easy way to orient the face or back, has a great design that stands proud of the case surface in wonderful relief. Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how the intertwined Nouveau designs compliment the piece. There are nine diamonds that make up the frontispiece for an array of Lilies of the Valley. It is simply spectacular! The 14k matching pin (also a rarity) has a matching colored enamel and a centered "Jack-in-the Pulpit" enamel-lined flower with a diamond center. The pin measures 22mm by 25mm.
The movement is just as nice as the case and pin. It is a seventeen jewel artfully damaskeened, three quarter plate, nickel movement with gold jewel cups...a level of quality for a movement that was usually reserved only for a gentleman's railroad pocket watch, but evident here in all its glory! This is the only one of these we have ever had after being in business for over 34 years. Don't miss it!
This is a lovely French three piece garniture set that is all original. The vases even have their original inserts so that they can be used for flowers. The bronze figure has a brass plaque at it's base that is signed "Moissonneur Par Queste". It is the depiction of a young man binding a sheaf of wheat. The marble is spectacular and exhibits generous ormolu mounts. The clock measures 22" high by 14" wide by 6.25" deep and the garniture each measure 15.5" high by 5.5" wide by 5" deep. Typically French the movement is an eight day time and strike on a bell. This clock is in excellent running condition and would grace any mantle with it's striking appearance.
These clocks were for the French merchant that wanted something special and elegant in his shop to give customers the correct time and add a touch of class to the shop. The name came from the preponderance of this type of clock that was found in French Bakeries. This particular clock is an unusual example having inlaid Mother-of-Pearl against a black background on the bezel and dial surround. The contrasting red trim adds just a touch of eye appeal. The dial is a all porcelain and displays individually fired bombe chapters with Roman numerals that have individual brass surrounds. The buled steel pierced hands add the final touch that give this clock a spectacular appearance. The clock strikes the hours on a coiled gong and is eight day running. The front bezel hinges from the top to gain easy access to the pendulum. Circa 1870 it's good for yet another hundred years.