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Fredonia Watch Company, 1883-1885 Fredonia, New York . This company evolved from the Howard Brothers mail order business, the Independent Watch Co. Fredonia movements were made for a few years from U.S.Marion and Newark machinery. Poor sales and techinal difficulties caused this company to be sold to Peoria.

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Unread 12-28-2007, 01:03 PM
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Default My First Fredonia

A HUGE thank you to Jon for his guidance on the critiquing of this timepiece. I would be very curious to know of any other Sumner Bull PL mov'ts and, primarily, of any dials with this marking...

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Unread 12-28-2007, 05:00 PM
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nice DS dial with scarce curved sig
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great gilt damask finish
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Are these tough to come by? On a1-10 scale, with 10 being the toughest, how do these rank?
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These are very desired, because the gilt damask is many times more rare than damask nickel or plain gilt. Even more rare is the GD in key wind--that should be next on your list!
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Nice mov't. Thanks for posting it!
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Great watch and great find. Interesting history too from Swiss, imported,"Howard Bros." to Independent Watch Co. mvts made by illinois and Hampden(?), finished United States mvts. and later Fredonia mvts. followed by and sold to Peoria. It would be nice to have an example of each of these, kind of like first cousins. Lots of variation in the Fredonia watches which is remarkable considering the short time they existed as a company.
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Mark;

I am currently attempting to document the changes made from company to company. I have a Fredonia, a Marion Independent, and a few USWC's. A Peoria is next on my list...

Also wanted to say that the pillar plate is also gilt and that the damascening under the dial is about as beautiful as any other I have seen!

I have never even seen a KW GD - now that is what I call rare!

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THERE ARE ANY RARITIES IN THE FRE-PEORIA, NON MAG FIELD
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Good to know - thanks Jon for the information!

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yes, we discussed some of this info privately--you never know what scum or informationalwh.r. is lerking around for free info on other boards!
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