Nifty rosy yellow gold pocket watch case with a fancy hand etched back cover featuring what looks like a Hawk and three Pyramids surrounded by a floral décor. Front is a fancy etched flora décor with a place for initials. Front of the case a small approx 1/4 inch light indentation visible from the inside of the case. Back cover the lid is VERY tight to open and close with some minor indentations/lines. Works cover has two pronounced indentations and is not quite sitting right to open and close so is a tight fit.
Missing the gold band for the crystal so obviously it is missing the crystal.
The inner metal ring for opening and closing the front cover is missing the part that pushed the cover open near the hinge area. This assembly will need to be replaced.
The watch case itself has been tested using a Niton XL2 XRF spectrometer front back and sideways and consistently testing at as 7.5 to 8K gold an acceptable Karat to be considered 8K gold. The case has been acid tested in multiple locations (sorry, but must be done.....) so there are file marks in various places to include under the crown. The watch case has the Star which would typically be considered the star watch case company, however the watch works predate the manufacture and the watch case is attributed to a A.M.B. & Bro., an unknown watch case manufacture. Someone suggested that it might be a jeweler, but given the history of how the star watch case company came about, I am wondering if this might be an earlier attempt by one of the founders to form a watch case company to sell cases to Elgin.
Pocket watch case weight with the crown: 45.5 grams
Pocket watch case weight without the crown: 41.2 grams
Regardless, a solid 8K gold case is not unheard of - Brooklyn Watch Case Company would be a fine example.
Relative to the watch works, they do not function. The dial is in good condition showing expected wear. The minute and hour hand are in fine condition but the second hand will need to be replaced. The second hand does not move when the balance wheel moves so I am assuming there are some issues internally with the works. Aside from that, visually the works look good. Serial number for the works is 4095232. Relative to pictures, truth be told, I only have 12 I can upload and this listing is more about the watch case than the inexpensive works.
I cannot guarantee these details as they are from another website. You can use the work serial number to gather these details as well:
Grade: 10 Manufacturer: Elgin Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois Movement Serial Number: 4095232 Grade: 10 Model: 3 Class: 5 Estimated Production Year: 1891 Run Quantity: 2,000 Total Production: 273,000 Size: 18s Jewels: 11j Movement Configuration: Hunting Movement Finish: Gilt Movement Setting: Lever Plate: Full Plate Barrel: Going Train: Quick Regulator: Plain Adjusted: No Railroad Grade: No U.S. Patents: 77078
All of my gold and silver is authenticated before listing for sale. This piece has been xray analyzed using a Niton XRF Spectrometer to ensure the metal makeup meets industry standards for solid gold jewelry. Where appropriate, acid testing has been used as well. You will not buy gold or silver from me that does not meet the industry standards for how the piece is marked unless noted in the listing.
Due to the nature of this item, I cannot consolidate shipping!
This item condition is overall good condition needing some restorative work as noted above. An affordable solid gold 18s watch case, which is pretty much how this would have been marketed back when it was made.
This item will be shipped via USPS Registered Mail, Insured, Direct Signature Required with Photo ID from the buyer.
IVL - W37
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Tags: 18s gold, 8k gold, Gold pocket watch, Pocket watch case, Return, Sold, Solid gold, Used
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