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United States Watch Company, Marion, NJ, 1866-1872 Historical research of the United States Watch Company, Marion Watch Company, Royal Gold Watch Company and the Empire City Watch Company. Made the first stem wind watch, damaskeened and frosted finishes, fancy dials with color, company monograms, and special order dials; and, company case signatures.

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Unread 07-29-2003, 07:50 AM
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For many years this grade of the 10s United States Watch Co., Marion, N.J. made in 1872 was unknown until February 12, 1977 when yours truly (by strange luck, I might add, in Long Beach, California) discovered the first recorded example (serial number 263,047) of this extremely rare Marion watch cased in an gold and enamelled HC and all original (cf. Ehrhardt, vol 3)!

Until recently only one run of these Woods (named after USWC stockholder Andrew J. Wood of NJ) was recorded by me in the Ehrhardt published serial number list. Subsequent to my original discovery 2 others have been unearthed (one by JH), plus one personalized example also in the JH collection.

New Chapter 149 member, Glen Brown and United States Watch collector, student, recorder & researcher and Marion lover, has reported to yours truly of not only another new example but the example he discovered is from another unrecorded run. His watch, as reported, is serial number 265,030! (However, I would like to know other features of this new find. Case and dial information, please.)

This 10s grade is KW, 15J, gilt, quarter plate and bridge and does not have the Elson regulator. Research has previously enlightened us that just 40 examples were possibkly made; now with the new run (without any bookend info), the question is were there 50, 80 or how many originally finished by the company? Maybe another example shall be unearthed, adding more answers and pieces of the puzzle for US/Marion collectors!

Here is a scan of one of the known examples:



Thanks to 149 member Glen Brown for reporting this new example and congratulations on your discovery!



Jon Hanson, NAWCC #8801
Founder & President Chapter 149. 46 year collector, researcher and lecturer of early American pocket watches
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Unread 11-17-2004, 07:40 AM
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what happened to this picture?

where are the Marion collectors?
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Join the ranks of ethical/credible pocket watch collecting practices--KEEP POCKET WATCHES ORIGINAL--DON'T PART THEM OUT OR SWITCH COMPONENTS!
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Unread 11-17-2004, 08:56 AM
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Thanks to you Jon, and the 149 fellas, I keep my eye out for all Marions. Unfornately, I have yet to snag one.

Very interesting post you made over a year ago.
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