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    Looking for info about an Arley Metcalf pocket watch

    I have a pocket watch that was owned by my grandfather, and was hoping to get any info I could about it. Written on the dial is Arley Metcalf, with Baltimore written directly underneath, I’m assuming it’s was locally made in Baltimore. I have tried researching the maker but have not been able to find any information at all. Any info would be appreciated, as I have no clue what exactly it is that I have. I have attached three photos, front, back, and one with the bezel removed.
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    Re: Looking for info about an Arley Metcalf pocket watch

    It would be very helpful if you could open the back of the watch and show the inside, including any markings, and the movement in detail.

    I assume that Arley C Metcalfe was a jeweler or watchmaker, but in any case, Google found his grave:

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...ley-c-metcalfe
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    Thanks, I opened the back to take a look at the movement, a Bunn Special, with 21 jewels. Attached are a few photos
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    Re: Looking for info about an Arley Metcalf pocket watch

    A very special watch. One of the most desirable and well-known PWs. In very nice condition, just needs a little cleaning.

    From https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/sear...linois/1536019


    Grade: Bunn Special

    Private Label(s) in Run: Pailard Watch Company


    Manufacturer: Illinois
    Manufacturer Location: Springfield, Illinois
    Movement Serial Number: 1536019
    Grade: Bunn Special
    Model: 6
    Estimated Production Year: 1900
    Run Quantity: 300
    Total Production: 76,978
    Size: 18s
    Jewels: 21j
    Jewel Material: Ruby
    Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
    Movement Configuration: Openface
    Movement Finish: Two-Tone
    Finish Pattern: Gold Inlaid Circle
    Movement Signing Style: Gothic Blackletter
    Movement Inlay Color: Black
    Movement Setting: Lever
    Plate: Full Plate
    Barrel: Going
    Train: Fast
    Regulator: Reed
    Adjusted: Yes
    Adjusted # of Positions: 6
    Adjusted to Temperature: Yes
    Railroad Grade: Yes
    Dial Feet Locations: 2.0, 21.5, 38.5
    Case Screw Locations: 23.5, 51.5
    Movement Markings: Bunn Special
    Springfield, Ill.
    21 Ruby Jewels
    Adjusted
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    Re: Looking for info about an Arley Metcalf pocket watch

    My guess is that Arley Metcalfe is actually the owner of the watch and not a watchmaker. The only Arley Metcalfe that lived in Baltimore was involved in the Baltimore Steel and copper Plate engraving company.
    https://books.google.com/books?id=C-...timore&f=false

    He lived at 926 Light Street in Baltimore MD(which is still there as a realtors). He also raised Houdan Chickens.


    As a pocket watch of that quality was not cheap to buy. Those that could afford it would have wanted to personalize it. Most simply had their name engraved in the back of the case. However some folks might have wanted their name on the dial and on the movement.

    Back in the late 1800's, most watch companies, did not make a lot of complete watches. They shipped the movements to watchmakers in stores. The watchmaker would have several dials and cases for these movements. A customer came in and chose a Illinois Bunn Special movement, then he picked out a case, dial and hands. If a customer wanted his name on the dial, it could be done by a skilled watchmaker.
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