1878 Elgin convertible

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    1878 Elgin convertible

    Was reminded I had a nice early one of 1879. These were made for more than 20 years but are not easily available in nice condition. Not especially valuable either, but the first for Elgin with 3 finger bridge like in later model 270 just posted here and only U.S. made movement with stem useable open face or hunting case. This original case is a good example of the thick gold fill that allows for the nice fairly deep hand engraving.
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    Re: 1878 Elgin convertible

    I always wondered if these were hand engraved. I have a few Columbus watches and several have well preserved cases like this one... They are fun to look at under a loupe.

    I wonder if every such case is completely different or if there were repetitions of the same design? Landscape themes seem common.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: 1878 Elgin convertible

    There were certain patterns that were duplicated. Both by hand and with pantagraphs. It is fairly obvious which are by hand or by machine. In 5o years of looking at real and photographed hand engraving never saw a duplication. Quite a variation in quality. Most animals are poorly done.

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    Re: 1878 Elgin convertible

    Quote Originally Posted by artb View Post
    There were certain patterns that were duplicated. Both by hand and with pantagraphs. It is fairly obvious which are by hand or by machine. In 5o years of looking at real and photographed hand engraving never saw a duplication. Quite a variation in quality. Most animals are poorly done.
    I don't know about animals here are a few that are not that bad.


    Nice Elgin convertible you got all ways liked how the movement looks on that model of Elgin.

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    Re: 1878 Elgin convertible

    The Elgin convertible is very collectible indeed, I have not got one yet but would sure like to have one.

    Mike; that deer case looks good!
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    Re: 1878 Elgin convertible

    The case is great the 2nd deer is a dog. The first case is a fine combination of machine and handwork. Elk were a common subject. Most look like an abnormal deer or a dog with antlers. I expect the old and young lady engravers never saw a real one.
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    Re: 1878 Elgin convertible

    Artb, did you study... art? Maybe the original artist hadn't seen too many deer.
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