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by Magpie
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Another Ebay find
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Another Ebay find

This watch came from a collector who lets say had quite an eclectic
taste in watches (he has since passed)
But it's obviously not the collector who is selling the watch. ;)
by Magpie
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: WW1 Illinois
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: WW1 Illinois

Me again. I decided to see whether I could find the old post about this watch. Here it is; it was by Stan and posted about this time last year:

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=9778&p=70364&hilit=Columbia#p70364
by Magpie
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: WW1 Illinois
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: WW1 Illinois

The soldier's name was C.F. Columbia (I see that a gremlin ate the "b" out of the name in my earlier post).

Anybody find the original discussion about this watch, or turn up any biographical info about C.F. Columbia?
by Magpie
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: WW1 Illinois
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: WW1 Illinois

Yes, the watch itself is cool -- swivel lugs and probably original crown -- but the inscriptions even more so! It was given to a soldier by his mother (likely as a gift before he was shipped out), and the names of the cities inscribed around the perimeter seem to indicate various places in Euope whe...
by Magpie
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:28 am
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Another Ebay find
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Another Ebay find

You've addressed only Greg, but may I offer a few opinions? (I believe I might know a thing or two. ;) This is a very MISLEADING listing: shame on the seller! The movement is indeed by the lllinois Watch Company, but it is not a good fit for the case (marked I.W.C.Co., for the Illinois Watch Case Co...
by Magpie
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Beau Brummel "Supreme"
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Beau Brummel "Supreme"

The "Supreme" is an example of an Illinois private label for a particular jeweler carrying Illinois watches. A private label meant that a jeweler had an "exclusive," so to speak, which would help sales. Since there were many, many jewelers in the old days, there were lots of Illinois private labels....
by Magpie
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:39 am
Forum: Elgin Watch Forum
Topic: Lord Elgin Eldorado
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: Lord Elgin Eldorado

Like diveboy, I've found only the strap pictured in ads for the "Eldorado." However, I thought that somewhere there might be an ad for its sibling the "Black Knight" that might tell us what we needed to know. I finally managed to locate one newspaper ad from May 1954 showing an expansion bracelet on...
by Magpie
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Interesting Ebay Find
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Interesting Ebay Find

You have no idea where it was made? It says it right on the back, Sangamo Electric Company, Springfield, Il. Greg, part of my take on what the seller wrote is that he's prone to typographical errors. In his statement "I have no idea how many where actually made. he's typed "where" instead of "were"...
by Magpie
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: Interesting Ebay Find
Replies: 9
Views: 201

Re: Interesting Ebay Find

In his new book Fred Friedberg has lots of information about these advertising displays -- and some very interesting illustrations.
by Magpie
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Illinois Watch Forum
Topic: FRED'S NEW BOOK IS HERE!!! NEW UPDATE
Replies: 32
Views: 2278

Re: FRED'S NEW BOOK IS HERE!!! NEW UPDATE

Fred is moving right along in checking proofs -- just heard from him that Volume 3 is now on its way to the printer! Hurray!!!

(This volume is a real biggie in all senses, with LOTS of surprises for the collector!)