Extremely Rare 1867 Elgin National Watch Co H.z.culver Number 3838 Key Wound For Sale
I have had this Pocket Watch appraised, only to verify that it is an Original Piece. It is!! I will address every concern including the case. The appraiser's last words were ,, This is a very hard one indeed to value. Its a little like picking a number out of the air, because these early movements very rarely come onto the market. Only 4000 were originally made. I will start with the watch face and movement. The watch face , stating National Watch Co. ( Elgin's early Name ) , is in very clean remarkable condition. The Crystal is like new and certainly a replacement. The hands are wonderful including the separate second register. The movement is size 18. The watch movement is 15 Jewels , and you can see them , slow train ( their first use ), Marked in signature form H Z Culver. ( Howard Z Culver Was One of their original Directors and Investors. No. 3838 . Elgin Ills. , Patent. It spent its last 30 or so years in a covered Watch Safe and wound every three or four weeks by a granddaughter . It is Key wound and the original key is included. It came from her Estate sale in Maine on my shopping trip. The watch is very special because their First watches were B W Raymond #s 101 to 1000 starting April 1, 1867, Then HZ Culver's starting with #1001 to 5000 In July 1867 Then on to J T Ryerson Oct. 1867 #5001 onward Celebrating each investor ending Jan 1868 with Matt Laflin. All these were size 18. Now the case. The case is probably a replacement ( not of great concern for an original watch of this age ). The new case was made in the 1890s.The original owner belonged to the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen's union or Society and he had this watch placed in a Crown Empire Railroad case, I believe made by Keystone. It is Gold filled , with all of the interior in pristine condition. All three doors of the Hunt case have the same numbers , #s 12 and 838 . So its an early Railroad case. Plus the Crown and words The Empire...The exterior is beautifully decorated. On the front with scroll and flora plus a large oval cartouche inside this , no monogram. Plus bands in the outer area of geometric and floral designs. The backside shows the engraved chased Scene of a Locomotive underway with Coal Car attached. Speeding over a stone bridge and water. The outside of the case shows some wear especially at the edges and corners where one would hold the watch case. So it is not Perfect. A Railwayman's Railroad pocket Watch Case. At 143 years old , one of Elgin's very first watches , in running condition it winds easily and smoothly , and starts on its own quickly. Please see all the attached photos. Thanks for Viewing. We do not ship internationally....
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Extremely Rare 1867 Elgin National Watch Co H.z.culver Number 3838 Key Wound: $499