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Pocket Watches1487 of 1507My Illinois Supreme Watch Case Company 8 Day Watch #3032939A.W. Co. case   Patt App 1779
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    Posted 8 years ago

    snballiet
    (2 items)

    Does anyone know anything about this watch maker? I can find very little on the web. Is he a rare maker? Should I take it to be appraised or is it just a run of the mill gold pocket watch?

    Z. J. Pequignot

    Philadelphia, PA

    18K Gold

    Ladies Pocket Watch

    Face is 34mm in diameter

    Inscription reads: John to Caroline Aug. 15, 1893

    The last name would have been Kugler and they lived on a large farm in Byram, Kingwood Township (or Delaware Township), Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

    Unfortunatly the crystal and bezel was removed and has been lost in the 117 years since it was given as a gift

    The reason they were removed was, Caroline was blind and she could tell the time by feeling positions of the hands on the face. She must of had a very sensitive and gentle touch. The hands do not look bent or damaged at all.

    I think it's always interesting to know the history of the things you own and buy, that's why I include it here.

    The watch winds and runs for a couple hours but then stops. It probably needs a good cleaning and oiling.

    Mystery Solved

    Comments

    1. Moonlighters Moonlighters, 8 years ago
      Pequignot was a jeweler/watchmaker of the period, NOT the actual maker of the watch. He may have made the case tho. I have had at least one of these with the name Pequignot, he must have been quite proliferant. The actual maker was Agassiz, a quality maker of the 1880's period. This is known as a "contract watch". The movement was ordered to specs by Pequignot, engraved with his name, cased and sold by him in his shop. Hope this helps, David M.
    2. snballiet, 4 years ago
      Thank you very much Moonlighters!

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