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Engravings...

#1 Post by GJH » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:04 pm

Depending on whether or not you like them, some folks
enjoy engravings on their watches, others not.

Anyway, I like interesting designs, Christmas, Mom, Military,
Was looking and found a few to share... post some if you got em'

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#2 Post by stryfox » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:27 pm

I just recently acquired this one.
49 years is a long long time.
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#3 Post by GJH » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:14 am

40 Years WOW!

That is one heck of a good run!

Super engraving
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#4 Post by semroc » Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:49 am

Nice engravings. Very cool thread idea. I had to buy this Illinois on ebay. It has my initials. I was prepared to spend a lot, but got it at a great price. It is currently receiving a coa, and new hands.
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#5 Post by GJH » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:07 am

ok... lets have some fun.

If you take the 26 letters of the alphabet and do the 3 possible
combinations of initials 26x26x26
That is 17,576 possible combinations and you found one with the EXACT
initials... pretty darn cool.

Another fun fact for a Sunday.

27 Letters?

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"There are 26 letters to the English alphabet, with two of the letters — “A” and “I” — themselves also constituting words. But as seen above, another character — the ampersand (&) — also, at times, was included among the current 26. And amazingly, the word “ampersand” is probably a byproduct of the symbol’s inclusion.
The picture above is from a 1863 book called “The Dixie Primer, For The Little Folks,” available here in its entirety — a book which like many around even today, aimed at teaching children their ABCs and some basic words and phonics. Notably, the ampersand is included in the alphabet, just next to the Z and ending the entire set. While not necessarily the standard usage, it was not terribly uncommon either to include the ampersand here — it had been there for centuries.

The ampersand was developed along with the rest of the language, reaching back to the 1st century, when Romans would occasionally combine the letters “E” and “T” into a similar symbol, representing the word “et” meaning “and.” It was included in the Old English alphabet which was still in use into medieval times. When Old English was discarded in favor of the modern English were are now familiar with, the ampersand maintained its status of “member of the alphabet” (to coin a phrase) to a degree, with some regions and dialects opting to include it until the mid-1800s.

Except that it was not yet called an ampersand. The & sign was, rather, referred to simply as “and” — which made reciting the alphabet awkward. As Dictionary.com notes, it was (and is) odd to say “X Y Z and.” So, they didn’t. Instead, our lexicon developed another saying: “X, Y, and Z, and by itself, ‘and'” — but instead of saying “by itself,” the Latin phrase per se came into favor. The result? “And per se, and,” or, muttered quickly by a disinterested student, “ampersand.”

Why the inclusion of the ampersand in the alphabet fell out of use is anyone’s guess, but there is a good chance that credit goes to the ABC song we are most all familiar with — that is, the one which shares its tune with Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (and borrows from Mozart’s Ah vous dirai-je, Maman). That song was copyrighted in 1835, around the time that the ampersand started falling out of favor with the rest of the ABCs."

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#6 Post by semroc » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:21 am

Interesting info. Thanks for posting it. Here's another engraving on my Boulton.
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#7 Post by afire » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:47 am

Hopefully receiving a nice watch from Winnie eased Jack's frayed nerves on Black Tuesday.
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#8 Post by mrtoad » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:17 pm

Back in my college days I used to ride the C&EI south in Indiana to meet the L&N at Evansville and to on to Nashville. So I knew that logo well:

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(That part of the C&EI was eventually absorbed by the L&N and is now part of CSX.)

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#9 Post by GreenBayStamps » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:52 pm

Those are great! I'm always drawn to a watch with an engraved back...

So many from the heart...

And the final one a true GEM, Dr. John Van Horn's Polaris service award watch, I'm not sure how I became the caretaker?
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#10 Post by GJH » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:18 pm

Fantastic engravings folks...

The ones with full name and date really fascinate me.

A few things that I always think when I see one:

First off, how the heck did I wind up with this one?
Weren't there any living relatives somewhere in the family who should have gotten this one?
Was it given to some kid down the line who could care less about the family history and just pawned it for
some videogame money (I know a kid who did this when I was in my 20's)

Next, I think of the date (if on it) and imagine the person opening the box for the first time back in the day.

Last, I think of all the times the person checked it for the time like I am doing now :D

Engravings can tell us so much and so little at the same time... fun stuff.
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