Thiel Fearless Shoemaker Pocket Watch - Appeal for photograph
Recently, I have been exchanging information on the history of Ruhla watches with the Chairman of the Friends Association of the Ruhla Watch Museum in Ruhla, Thuringia, Germany . The Chairman of the Association was the former Head of Research and Development at Ruhla and was one of the two engineers who saved the watch factory after the fall of communism and established Garde Ruhla the modern watch producer today.
The Friends Association would be particularly interested in finding a photograph of one of the early Thiel Fearless automaton watches which were produced in the 1890s - "The Shoemaker". The example below is "The Blacksmith" and there are several others which can be seen on the Garde Ruhla website here
Thiel Fealess Blacksmith
Several different automaton designs were produced for these pocket watches and I was able to track down one type unknown to the Association from an auction house in South Africa. However, the Shoemaker has proved elusive. Early Thiel records are incomplete but what is known is that these watches were very popular in North America and the UK in the 1890s/early1900s. So, I would like to ask UK and North American members to keep their eyes peeled for a Thiel Fearless Shoemaker pocket watch photograph or even an archived advertisement for one! If you find a photo or listing, please send me a pm.