This is an authentic stock certificate from Waltham Watch Company, famous maker of pocket watches. 100 shares., issued and cancelled. Dated in the 1950's.
Historical info: In 1850, Roxbury Massachusetts, David Davis, Edward Howard and Aaron Lufkin Dennison formed together the company that would later become the American Waltham Watch Company. The then revolutionary business plan was to manufacture the movement parts so precisely that they would become fully interchangeable. Based upon the experience of earlier failed trials, Howard would eventually perfect and patent his precision watch making machines.
In 1851, the company took the name "American Horology Company" and production started in the new factory building. Late 1852, the first watches were complete. The first 17 watches, marked "The Warren Mfg Co" were distributed among company officials. Number 18 to 100 were named "Warren Boston" and the following 800 "Samuel Curtis". A few, marked "Fellows & Schell", sold $ 40.00.
The company was renamed "Boston Watch Company" in September 1853. A new factory was built in Waltham, Mass., on the banks of the Charles River, which grew over the years to its present size. In October 1854 the company moved definitely to Waltham, Massachusetts. The next movements manufactured (1001-5000) were marked "Dennison, Howard, & Davis", "P.S.Bartlett", and "C.T. Parker". Upon bankruptcy, the company was sold at sale to Royal E. Robbins, who reorganized it under the new name "Appleton Tracy & Co" in May 1857. Bearing this name, the next movements produced, 1857 models, were numbered 5001 to 14'000. Also the "C.T. Parker" was introduced as 1857 model: 399 units were made. Also 598 chronometers were manufactured. January 1853 saw the introduction of the P.S. Bartlett watch.
The "Waltham Improvement Co." merged in January 1859 with the "Appleton, Tracy & Co." forming the "American Waltham Watch Company". In 1860, as President Lincoln was elected, the country was in Civil War. Production ground to a halt. However, the company decided to downsize to the lowest possible level to keep the factory open. It worked!
Waltham became the main supplier of Railroad chronometers to the various railroads in America and in as many as 52 other countries of the world. In 1876, Waltham disclosed the first automatic screw making machinery and obtained the first Gold Medal in a watch precision contest at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Not only the American Horology but also the World's owe much to the early members of the Waltham Watch entity, such as Bacon, Church, Dennison, Fogg, H. Marsh, Webster and Woerd for their technical inventions and developments.
The American Waltham Watch Company has produced about 40 million high quality watches, clocks, speedometers, compasses, time fuses and other precision instruments in about 100 years in U.S.A. Each movement has individually been numbered. You can consult the serial number search engine at . The Company went out of business in 1957, upon having founded a subsidiary in Switzerland in 1954, Waltham International SA, to further Waltham as a Swiss Made Watch Brand.
Wonderful and uncommon stock. This is a real find! Really an outstanding collectible stock!
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