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    Posted 8 years ago

    geo26e
    (154 items)

    I am not sure whether this pocket watch is authentic or just a modern fantasy reproduction piece. It has the same dial as a 1951 wristwatch by Ingraham.

    Despite some staining on the right hand side of the dial between 2 - 5 O'clock, the print quality on the 'paper' dial is excellent . The movement says 'Made In USA' and has '9 57' engraved on the plate. I have not come across any write up on this pocket watch in any reference books. Any information will be very much appreciated.

    Kerry 10456 has posted a fine example of the wristwatch version a few months ago and for ease of comparison and further details on Toppie the Elephant, this is the link :

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/70890-toppie-the-top-value-stamp-elephant

    Note : This watch appears to be original after all.

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    1. geo26e geo26e, 8 years ago
      Additional Note : I have looked at Kerry's wristwatch carefully and have noticed that for the pocket watch, there are some letters written below TOPPIE on the elephant's jacket but not on the wristwatch. The lettering are so small that I can only see USA in the end. Also, on the top of the pocket watch dial, it is written 'Top Value Enterprises Inc Datton Ohio' in very sharp letters but out of focus in the picture.
    2. kerry10456 kerry10456, 8 years ago
      George, this is a great piece and is original. You might change your description though. These are promo's for "Top Value" trading stamps, not Bread.Back in the 1950's and 60's trading stamps were giving out for just about the everything, the more you spent atthe store or gas station, the more stamps you'd get. Then you could trade them in on "Goods" that was offered. Agin nice piece and thanks for sharing.
      Kerry
    3. geo26e geo26e, 8 years ago
      Kerry, thanks very much for the information. I have amended the description. Can you tell whether this watch has a 1957 Ingraham movement? It is not signed. Cheers!
    4. geo26e geo26e, 8 years ago
      Big thank you to snoopy,Manikin, mustangtony, petey, pops52, Dave & officialfuel for hitting the 'Love' button. Very much appreciated!
    5. geo26e geo26e, 8 years ago
      Kerry, now I need to find $1.7 million to buy the lunch box & thermos set to go with the watch http://www.ebay.com/itm/BIGGEST-VINTAGE-LUNCHBOX-LOT-COLLECTION-EVER-ALL-THE-TOPPIE-PLUS-LOTS-MORE-/111035313150?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19da386bfe LOL
    6. stefdesign stefdesign, 8 years ago
      Wow, just checked out that guy's 1.7 million dollar lunchbox collection.... is he kidding? But if you find that money, geo26e, let us know!
    7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 8 years ago
      George, I've got the thermos, I'd be willing to part with for say....... 1/4 of that LOL.
      It's possible that it's a New Haven or Westclox movement, both and the Ingraham would be correct, Depends on who was making them cheaper for the bid.
      Example to this would be The Rudolph wristwatch, both Ingersoll and Ingraham made them to be sold for Montgomery Wards, slight differences in the dail, but if a person didn't know, or have them side-by-side, you would have to look at the movement. Btw, one faces left the other faces right. Kerry
    8. geo26e geo26e, 8 years ago
      Thank you stefdesign, bradjtt & BELLING68 for hitting the 'Love' button.

      Thanks Kerry for the information on the watch. I have bought a Lottery Ticket today and will contact you for the Thermos when mu numbers come up!! LOL
    9. geo26e geo26e, 8 years ago
      Thank you gargoylecollector for hitting the Love button. Very much appreciated.
    10. geo26e geo26e, 8 years ago
      Thank you Antigue Toys for hitting the Love button. Very much appreciated.
    11. geo26e geo26e, 7 years ago
      Cheers Sean! :-)
    12. CollectorGuy, 7 years ago
      Nice boxed example of this watch at: http://toygunslinger.com/product/top-value-stamps-toppie-pocket-watch-in-original-box/
    13. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 7 years ago
      I love it!
    14. geo26e geo26e, 7 years ago
      Thank you Bruce, Kerry and Virginia! :-)
    15. geo26e geo26e, 7 years ago
      Thank you Bigsarge! :-)

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