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watch index 79
country American  
piece name (title): E Howard, the Ionic
set stem
jewels 17
size 12s
plate other
plate finish nickel
date 1912
long comment Gent's gold plated open face pocket watch, Ionic model, made by E. Howard Watch Company (Keystone-Howard watch), Boston, Ma. Circa 1912-1913.
case style swing-out
case material gold
serial number 1169425
movement 12S, 17 jewel, half plate and finger bridge movement with exposed crown and ratchet gearing, bimetallic balance wheel with Ball/Howard type regulator with S/N 1169425 (1912-1913).
case 12S, Three leaf gold plated open face pocket watch with stylized engraved initials of the owner on the back cover. The cuvette is marked for "E.Howard Watch Co. Boston" It is also marked for the Crescent Watch Case Company (see notes), marked crescent extra indicating a gold plated metal case with a 25 year guarantee for the gilt finish to last. There is a suppressed fluted ball pendant and bow at the twelve position.
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dial and hands White enameled dial with bold Roman hour chapter, closed minute ring, steel Breguet hands and subsidiary seconds dial at the six. Dial is marked 'Howard".
notes CRESCENT WATCH CASE COMPANY The Chicago Watch Case Co. started in Chicago in 1882, manufacturing gold cases, mostly 10K.

"... one of the incorporators of the Chicago Watch Case Co. was Martin S. Smith of Detroit, who had become somewhat wealthy and invested in various business, especially lumber. He is the same M. S. Smith of the Detroit jewelery concern, and of the rare M. S. Smith watches. It is not clear that he is associated with the Chicago Watch Case business after its move to Brooklyn."Michael C. Harrold noted in 17-Apr-06 post.

Around 1885, the Chicago Watch Case Co. moved to Brooklyn, NY, where, after a reorganization, it was renamed as the Crescent Watch Case Co. All production was sold through the Waltham Co. agents, Robbins & Appleton.

In 1891, a New Factory was built in Newark, NJ. Silver and nickel cases started being built in the new factory by 1891, but the moving of the rest of the operations and shutting down of the Brooklyn plant didn't occur until on, or about, August 1, 1891.


"E. Howard Watch Company, Boston, USA" name was purchased by the Keystone Watch Case Company in 1902. The E. Howard Watch Company, owned now by Keystone, set up in Waltham, Mass.(1902-1930). There were no patent rights transferred, just the Howard name. The watches of the Keystone era are typically marked "E. Howard Watch Co. Boston U.S.A" and were sold as complete watches only, i.e. they were cased and timed at the factory. These watches, dubbed "Keystone- Howards" by collectors, are not as highly prized by collectors as the original E. Howard watches, though many were fine watches in their own right.

(The E. Howard Watch Company (Keystone) should not be confused with the Keystone Standard Watch Company which operated in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 1886 to 1891 after which it was sold to the Hamilton Watch Company).
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