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J. P. Stevens, 1882-1885 Atlanta, Georgia. In 1882 the Bowman machinery and watchmaking tooling was sold to J. P. Stevens of Atlanta, Georgia, who previously had been buying near completed movements from (basically) Hampden, plus Swiss movements, to place his patented spiral shaped regulators. In 1884 Stevens organized his company and captured several watch folks with previous experience, including William Todd, C. L. Hoyt, C. H. Bagley and T. W. Thompson. At first about ten movements per day were produced and things went well until the chief backer J. C. Freeman, died; followed by many lawsuits, the Stevens brother sold out to the Freeman heirs who formed the D. N. Freeman & Company which failed in 1887.

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