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Legends of the West: Western & Native American Sale

Sat, Sep 23, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 81

10K Gold c. 1926 Elgin 478 BW Raymond Pocket Watch

Estimate: $500 - $800

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For your consideration is a 1926 Elgin Grade 478 B. W. Raymond pocket watch set in a 10k gold filled Keystone / J. Boss watch case, with a gold and silver colored metal chain. In 1864, the Elgin National Watch Company was established in Elgin, Illinois, as an American watch manufacturer. The business was renowned for its innovation and accuracy, using cutting-edge manufacturing processes to create dependable timepieces. Initially, Elgin concentrated on making pocket watches because they were in high demand. Elgin watches were created in a variety of looks and patterns to suit different tastes and preferences. Elgin increased its operations and started making wristwatches as the demand for them increased in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sadly, in 1968, the Elgin National Watch Company stopped making watches, and in 1969, it was formally dissolved. The serial number inscribed alongside the movement is numbered, "28725759" indicating that the watch was made in 1926. The pocket watch is a grade 478, 21 jewel, size 16s, model 15 and features nickel movement finish and a 3/4 plate. This watch is railroad graded. The watch is set in a Keystone / J. Boss 10k gold filled case with the stamped serial number reading, "87337". Under Hagstoz & Thorpe's ownership, the Keystone Watch Case factory opened its doors in 1880. The business produced gold-filled cases under the "J. Boss" brand and patent. The new factory was initially constructed to produce gold and silver cases in order to separate production of gold-filled cases. When the factory first opened in 1880, these cases were identified with the Keystone symbol. The gold-filled company run by Hagstoz & Thrope was eventually absorbed by the Keystone Watch Case Company, which resulted in the creation of the Keystone Watch Case Company and the Keystone trademark on all cases. The watch measures 1 15/16" in diameter and 2 1/8" height. The chain when connected to the watch measures 13 3/8" L. The collective weight of the chain and watch is 104 grams.*

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