A big American watch for an 1894 lady

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    A big American watch for an 1894 lady

    An unusual special order from a Columbus watch dealer Yeoman, known to have sold a few with the name on dial and movement, by or for a lady perhaps with vision problems. I have seen many 18s cases in 40 years, but never a gold fill multicolor with obvious lady 1890 deco. The case is 25 yr. Keystone but has a solid? 14k gold internal ring around movement marked JAS. BOSS 14K with big letters. It was used , showing light wear, hinge looseness and Michigan humidity caused movement parts rust. Not abused. Easy winding, starting, running. A probably unique original. Unsure about solid gold (dust ring?). J.Boss was case and parts maker, but became a g.f. quality mark. 12/12 Edit: Have learned anything J. Boss marked along with Keystone is never solid gold. Seems a little dishonest for the individual watch owner or inheritor who would not know that.
    Later Keystone case markings clearly indicated g.f. like this 1910 rr case.
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    Great Lakes - USofA

    Re: A big American watch for an 1894 lady

    Great bird closeup

    Somewhere there must be a good resource on case labeling. (One of the things I realized early on was "GUARANTEED" meant a form of gold filled but not solid gold.) The AWCC site had an interesting audio on Wadsworth casing... the speaker had been to a reunion picnic and got to interview all the geezers who knew all the parts of the business.
    "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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