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Posted 4 years ago


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On Dial
Springfield Pocket Watch Co.
Serial number 35582
Size 18
Made 1875
1000 watch Run
Dual wind, 18 Kt. Solid Gold stamped on case.
Had HMS on case an did not know anything about
Watch collecting and had Jewerly Shop remove initials.
Very heavy watch, keeps perfect time.
Found one book that stated that serial number was
In first 3 years of companies opening. Others that say it was ran and built
Along with other owners names, so really would like
To know what year it was made.
My second attempt at posting. Thanks for looking

Mystery Solved


  1. toolate2 toolate2, 4 years ago
  2. pw-collector pw-collector, 4 years ago
    Link to a serial number look-up database
  3. Bcs62 Bcs62, 4 years ago
    Thank you all for kind rating!
    Toolate2 thank you for info.
    PW-Collector thank you for serial number link!
    Love that page. Sent it to clock store that does hundreds of old clocks,
    Going to have to double check 15J. I most have forgotten, but was sure appraisal
    Said 17j. Thank you for getting me close to manf date!
  4. Bcs62 Bcs62, 4 years ago
    Thank you all! Had to mark this 3 year mystery solved!
  5. Bcs62 Bcs62, 4 years ago
    Thanks again for getting me approx date made
    And history.

    However, until I took the pictures with good camera, I did not
    Notice all the detail on Hunter Case. Actual reflections from oriental house and ripples in water. On the left side of case look close and engraver
    Put a person on side of oval circle. Almost like it is telling a story,
    Anyone know what it is suppose to represent?
  6. Bcs62 Bcs62, 4 years ago
    Well a good Friend, that has a Master Gardener degree look at watch at had these comments.
    I'm guessing the scene has lots of symbolism and it looks as if it's
    Asian. The bird is an owl which usually means wisdom. The butterfly
    might refer to transformation. I'm guessing here.

    The lowers flowers look like a daffodil on the left and perhaps a dahlia
    on the right. It almost looks like a faucet in the middle of the bottom
    or an engraving of the watch fob? There is the fan or perhaps it is a sun
    at the bottom of the scene.

    The shapes of the roofs look Asian. The engraver made the windows look
    like they had light. The house appears to be sitting on an island. The
    way the house is configured is rather odd and not sure what it means
    because it's two story.

    The pine tree on the left might mean longevity.

    The figure on the left I don't think is a man with a pony tail. It
    appears to have a lizard tail although at first glance I thought it was an
    iris - a flower used often in Asian symbolism. I thought maybe the
    Lightening was a scratch but it does look deliberate so not really sure
    what all that is about except odd.

    Yes, it certainly has a story and if it's old, the story probably meant
    the watch was bought by someone or given to someone where the story would
    have personal meaning. It is quite beautiful and like you said it's like
    a painting. Someone was a really good engraver. The gold looks high
    quality because of the color (if the picture does it justice) Let me know
    if you get the story. When I looked at other side I realized it was done by a die press. Other side is identical, excepted oval that I had jeweler hastily remove. Wish I had left initials in it. Going to mark it as solved, maybe someone knows more, but really just wanted date. Thank you D. BCS

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