Best In Show!
Best In Show Contest January 21, 2018
Watch: E. Howard Series VII, Hunter, pendent set pocket watch enclosed in a 9 carat gold hunter case made in by Benson Brother in Chester England.
Maker: E. Howard
Date of Manufacture: Originally completed the movement as serial number 226,229 in 1893 along with 21 other movements as part of an order for 18 watches for the Ball Watch Company. These 22 movements were the only E. Howard/Ball Series VII movements made.
Outstanding Features: Original movement was intended for Ball Watch Company and has distinctive damasking ray pattern that was only for Ball movements. It has 17 jewels where all regular Howard Series VII movements only had 15 jewels. It was finished as a grade 9, the highest grade at the time, with 17 jewels, a Breguet Hairspring and being adjusted in all 6 positions including isochronism’s and temperature. The Ball order was for only 18 watches. The train wreck of 1891 caused the ‘Railroad Standard Watch’ to then require lever-set and open-faced so there were no follow-on orders for the extra watches. These remaining 4 watches remained in the safe at E. Howard until 1904 as the company was being sold. A buyer in the UK purchased the movements which were then given new serial numbers, 250,000 -250,004, and marked ‘USA’. These four watches are the only E. Howard watches that were exported and marked ‘USA’. The buyer in the UK cased the watches in nine carat Benson Brother cases. Nine carat gold is not considered ‘gold’ in the UK and therefore did not require the added cost of having an assay or ‘Assay Mark’. Two of these four watches are known to be incomplete or with serious damage, one has not been located and this serial number, 250,004, is the only remaining E. Howard Series VII with the Ball damasking, 17 jewels, original dial, hands, case and in excellent condition. E. Howard only made at total of 118,000 in the 45 years of their existence. 27,000 of these were Series VII but only 22 were made for Ball.
Clock: This is an late 19th century French Mantel clock. It is unique in that the body of the case is enameled. Enameling is often done on 19th century clocks but rarely to this extent. The flowered motif is hand painted under the enameled glaze. The movement is a typical eight day Pendule de Paris.
Description: Miniature teapot made from a penny
Maker: George O’Rourke
Date of Manufacture: Approximately 1905 to 1915
Outstanding Features: O’Rourke was committed to the Tombs Workhouse in New York City as a vagrant. O’Rourke made this miniature teapot from a penny while in the Workhouse to prove to the Magistrate that he was a skilled tin and copper smith but only currently un-employed. The Magistrate, Moss, was the Magistrate from 1905 to 1915. He was released from the Workhouse after sending this tea pot to the Magistrate along with a letter indicating he could earn a living as a copper or tin smith.
The teapot is hollow inside and has the “one cent” engraving on the bottom, a removable stopper and movable handle. It fits in a small tin cylinder case, 3/4” round and 1” tall.
2017 Best In Show!
Best In Show Contest December 3, 2017
Watch Entry 7: Tiffany Patek Philippe 18 Kt Minute Repeater c. 1889
Watch Entry 6: Ball 120 Anniversary watch c. 2100
Clock Entry 4: French Clock in an Art Deco Case with side pieces.
Clock Entry 1: Mueller Case – Kroeber Movement, Bronze colored Statue “ The Indian Hunter” The original figure was made in 1866 by the sculptor, John Quincey Adams Ward, in 1880
Clock Entry 2: French oval Crystal Regulator c. 1880. Extensive cloisonné on case and pendulum
Clock Entry 3: German movement with an unusual escapement repair using an Elgin Pocket watch as a platform. It is in a Seth Thomas case.
Other Entry 8: Horia/Steiner Staking & Jeweling Set c. 1945 – 1985
Other Entry 5: Verbascum Thappas ( Common Mullen ) The source of Pith wood.