Monday, November 3, 2008
Elgin watch heaven
I collect Elgin pocket watches (and some of their wristwatches). I started collecting them when I was a kid and my great-grandmother gave me her great-uncle Edgar's Elgin pocket watch from the late 1860s. I have quite a few of them, maybe 2 dozen total or more? All of them are in good working order, and represent the very best of American manufacturing---beautiful strong metal works inside, and even though these watches are 100 plus years old, parts are readily available and so are repairers.
These photos? My repair lady Kate, whom I love as much as my barber Ellie and almost as much as my fat cat Spike, showed me these the other day. For sale.
What on earth do you do? I just stared at them. Usually you see one or 2 Elgins at an antique store, and you buy it or you don't? But more than 20!!!!!
The picture of the 3-4 are the ones I am considering. One is a plain open face (upper left in upper pic)with a train etched on the back----trains are very collectible items, and I don't have anything like that. Then there are 2 small hunter watches (hunter means that it has a lid and closes like a clamshell). The smaller of those (middle top in pic, closed)is gold plate and in superb condition, and Kate tells me not very easy for her to sell---nobody wants something like it (I SURE AS HELL DO! because I like pretty cases). The bigger hunter (open--middle bottom of pic) is solid gold-----and the gold is worth more than the watch itself and its owner wants to melt it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sh!t. I don't have that kind of money. I see Kate this afternoon. I should leave the check book at home so I don't have a heart attack or do anything foolish.
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