MASSIVE 1865 CIVIL WAR AMERICAN WALTHAM 149 GRAM PS BARTLETT KEYWIND POCKETWATCH. While hunting for early Walthams one may find an Eagle marked case, but more often then not they are very light weight. This early example is of superior construction, being of very heavyweight construction and evidencing gold hinges - I have never seen another of this robustness. This watch is a HIGHLY DESIRABLE and EXTREMELY RARE large and very heavy 18 size mens Coin Silver hunter case that is in amazing condition for its age and carries the very desirable EAGLE SILVER HALLMARK.This watch is 100% correct, right down to its dial and heavy coin silver hunters case. This watch is one of the oldest I have had in my possession. A watch like this should be the cornerstone of any Civil War Buff or Early American collector because of the age, originality, history and the fact that it is one of the earliest grades produced by. The serial number on the movement is 86949, placing production at March of 1865 this is right near the end of the American Civil War! The watch has so many amazing features! The movement is a Model 1857 "full plate" model and is a 11 Jewel check out the "Liverpool window" jewels, the size of the cap jewel and the presence of a 3-spoked steel balance!
It is a gilded movement with the gilding being in excellent condition. The balance cock also shows spectacular hand engraving which adds to the beauty of this movement. The PS Bartlett Grade watch was one step under that of their Appleton Tracy grade and was, at the time, the official soldier's watch of that era. The case is of the highest quality and is an original Coin Silver case in worn but very good condition and correct style for the age of the watch. The Eagle engraving and Coin Silver Hallmark signifies the presence and pride of American manufacture, and is a very desirable feature to have on these early Civil War timepieces.
Check out the photos and you will see the great condition of this case - considering its age, this watch was gently used. This case is just massive and amazing to hold in your hand.
The case is nearly 55mm in diameter and weighs a whopping 149 grams!!! It dwarfs a standard 3 ounce case. The case has no dents or dings and the front lid does open just right to a little less than 90 degrees. Otherwise what is present is pretty much honest wear from typical use. The outside silver case has some engine turning intact with the front case lid displaying a phenomenal cartouche engraving on it.The front case lid opens when the button is depressed (needsa little help to open, given the weight of the lid) but stays closed when shut. The front case lid lift spring is intact and properly opens the front lid with a little help. The rear hinges are firm and all case lids close with virtually no gaps showing which is fantastic for a case of this age. The case has great offset solid silver hinges and the Original pushpiece is intact and in good order.
The bow is tight and evidences minimal wear. The unsunk dial is also in Excellent condition with no hairlines or chips ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE FOR THE AGE!! The Glass crystal is also in clear condition with no scratches. The roman numerals are still very clear and in like new condition. The dial is correctly signed which was appropriate for the 1865 Bartlett models made at Waltham.
This watch is key set and key wind. The watch was cleaned, oiled, and adjusted on 11/15/17 but due to the age of the watch I do not guarantee any specific accuracy.The hands set very well but could use cleaned up or re-blued. The watch comes complete with a period, steel key that came to me with the watch (not shown in photos). There is no possible way you could be disappointed with this watch and it would be the pride of your collection. This old masterpiece has history and good looks! The movement details from the Online Serial Number Database. CASE HAS BEEN COMPLETELY ULTRASONICALLY CLEANED FOR HYGENIC SAFETY. FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN SPECIFIC CIVIL WAR DATES, HERE IS SOME INTERESTING READING. Get Images that Make Supersized Seem Small. Tailor your auctions with Auctiva's.
The item "MASSIVE 1865 CIVIL WAR AMERICAN WALTHAM 149 GRAM PS BARTLETT KEYWIND POCKETWATCH" is in sale since Friday, December 15, 2017. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Pocket Watches\Antique". The seller is "heygreatwatch" and is located in Cleveland, Ohio.
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