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J.G. Hall Montpelier, Vermont. J.(Jonas) G. Hall is probably one of the least recognized important American horologists who spent over a half century at the bench watchmaking and inventing important horological implements.

Born in Calais, Vermont he entered into his apprenticeship in Montpelier with Samuel Abbott; three years later he moved to Boston were he became familiar with marine timepieces and remained there until 1848 at which time he returned to Montpelier, Vt. In 1851 he opened his own shop and continued as a watchmaker. From the period, 1848-1858 Hall built and modified watches, a marine chronometer, and various patented tools for the watch trade. Some American Watch Co. products carry his private label.

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Unread 08-20-2004, 07:40 PM
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I have a sincere interest in these watches, either made by Waltham or by Hall.

Did you know that Hall invented the staking set while in Vermont?
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About 5 years ago, I sold a Hall staking set on your favorite venue, eBay.

Had a very nice glass dome also.
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was it all original with the beautiful black paint and pin striping? (I have one, virtually new)
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All I remember was that it was rather on the small side. Could have even been a nit size.

Most of my older tools are in the black with the gold pin stripes many of my gauges have that. The later ones seem to have the crackle finish

I will have to see if I still have the picture of mine and post it here. I sold it because I was always worried about someone breaking the glass dome.
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I must say I have never seen one of these watches up close but I instantly became a fan after I found out that my great grandfather had a collection of antique pocket watches that included J.G.Hall! I have pictures of two of his Hall watches and found out tonight that Jon Hansen owns them both!!! Pretty cool! They were in my familly since around 1891ish until the 1980's. Kinda fitting that this is my first post too. Thanks again Jon for all the help and cool info. Rob Maxfield
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