RARE 1865 E Howard Series III Mershon’s Pat Pocket Watch Orig W & S Coin Case
Another incredibly stunning original condition and complete all original E. Howard Series III pocket watch from 1865 in it’s original W & S heavy coin silver hunting case. The plain polish case has no dings or dents, with tight hinges that open to 90 degrees. Properly hallmarked “W & S” on outer covers. Beautifully and simply decorated the scroll work is still outstanding after 158 years. The unique hinged bezel is perfect, however the crystal is missing. Single sunk gorgeous original enamel dial is flawless save for a tiny edge chip about 12 o’clock and an almost imperceptible beginning of a craze at the edge of the six minute mark. It’s glossy and the script itself is astonishing. Purple steel hands are miniature works of art and flawless. The 15 jewel Series III gilded movement is a sight to behold. It reads, “8264″ dating this watch to 1865. Howard packed an incredible amount of compensating technology into their earliest timepieces, and this appears to have an unmarked Mershon’s Patent center wheel rack regulator as well as the extra protection afforded to the mainspring barrel. Unfortunately the watch is over wound, however upon placing slight pressure on the mainspring the balance wheel springs to life. Regardless, a pocket watch of this uniqueness and rarity deserves a complete overhaul. This is an amazing timepiece!