Posted 5 years ago
Hello, I recently purchased this beautiful 1871 Elgin Key Wind pocket watch. It has a sterling silver case, and I am wondering if anyone can help identify the hallmarks on the piece. As you can see from the photo, it is marked "AM. Watch Company, Waltham, Mass." "Warranted Sterling Silver". I thought all sterling silver pieces had some kind of hallmark, but the only thing that is stamped throughout the case is a star, followed by R196. There is a 4 and a star stamped on the inside dust cover, but I know this means the case is 4 oz. of sterling silver. If anyone can help to identify what the Star R196 means, I would be greatly indebted!