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    Hiram W. Smith, Boston Mass. Unique Early American Market Watch, circa 1865
    Case: hallmarked sterling, 55.4 mm, engine turned covers, blank crest and wreath on the front, hinged bezel over the dial, hinged dust cover, reeded rim, TG makers mark and Chester mark
    Dial: enamel, black Roman numerals, gold "butterfly' hands, sub seconds, black minute track
    Movement: No. 16866, gilt full plate, three arm un-cut gold balance wheel, undersprung hairspring with a blued steel regulator arm to and engraved S/F index with arrows on the plate, screw down jewel settings, blued screws, 13 jewels, balance cock with elaborate engravings and a diamond end stone in a screw down blued steel mount
    Signed: Hiram W. Smith, Boston Mass.

    Note: Smith was born Sept. 21, 1820 in Cornish NH. He died on Aug. 7, 1898 in Cambridge MA. He started a watch and material business in Boston in 1852. He sold E. Howard watches and imported Swiss Jurgensen-like and English Waltham-like watches. The present watch is an interesting and rare example of a high quality model 1857 "copy". It is of superior quality and finish which is rarely seen in foreign made Swiss "fakes" which were made to imitate the America Watch Co. timepieces. It is also interesting to note that in Tolke/King's "IWC International Watch Company" Hiram W. Smith is identified as an American partner of Florentine A. Jones with James B. Brown as founders of IWC in 1871.


    Condition Report*:

    Type: Hiram W. Smith, Boston Mass. Unique Early American Market Watch
    Dial: enamel, Roman numerals
    Hands; gold "butterfly" hands
    Metal: hallmarked sterling silver
    Case No: 16866 (matches the movement serial number)
    Case Info: foru body, hinged back and dust cover
    Case Width: 55.4 mm
    Crystal: glass
    Watch Movement: No. 16866, gilt full plate, three arm un-cut gold balance wheel, undersprung hairspring with a blued steel regulator arm to and engraved S/F index with arrows on the plate, screw down jewel settings, blued screws, 13 jewels, balance cock with elaborate engravings and a diamond end stone in a screw down blued steel mount
    Circa: 1865/6
    Condition: dial is superb, movement is very good with bright gilding, running, case is good with some wear to the outermost engine turnings


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