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Thread: 1888 Gold gilded pocket watch case.

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  1. #1
    us
    Oct 2018
    NE Ohio
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    1888 Gold gilded pocket watch case.

    Rain was predicted for late morning, so I told Mama that I was going to a park nearby, instead of my new permission. Boy...and I glad I made that choice!

    As you can see, it was a great day for clad, but there were a few surprise finds. The first was digging up an old iPod! Iíve cleaned off the all the dirt that I dared, and will let it sit for a few days before getting out my micro tools to clean out the charging/earphone port to see if I can get a charge on it...time will tell.

    Then I dug a vintage ladies Princess Pat compact. I did some research, and based on the case embossing, it was made from the late 1920ís to the early 1930ís. Cool find, but itís basically roached!

    Then moved along the river and found these great pliers that a fisherman dropped. I fish, so they go in the fishing bag!

    Between all the clad, I got a screaming 33-34 signal, and dug this old pocket watch case. I spent 15 minutes slowly scanning the area, but couldnít find the rest of the watch. Sure would have liked the rest of it, because my research on the name and serial number found that it was made in 1888, and the grade 114 means that it is gold gilded. What you see is the condition it came out of the ground, all I did was wash off the mud that was caked in the body. Not sure if it has any scrap,value, but itís a neat find nonetheless. BTW, the posted Elgin screenshots are approved for anyone to share this data.

    Great day detecting between the rain showers, and the temp was 59 degrees...very comfortable.

    Thanks for looking!

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    Nice finds, congrats and hope you find the rest of the pocket watch! I am sorry to tell you but Pocket Watch Case Serial Numbers almost never match up with Pocket Watch Movement Serial Numbers. The search that you did and provided a screen shot of, is in fact information on the Movement itself and the Movement was Gold Gilded. Pocket Watch Makers used a variety of Pocket Watch Cases from numerous Makers and these are Serial Numbered well before the Case and Movement come together as a Pocket Watch. If you can provide a closeup pic of the information on the inside of the Pocket Watch Case, we should be able to provide more information on the Case itself.
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    Those are some nice finds you have. The watch part is really interesting. Glad the Equinox is getting it done for you out in the field. Have you considered taking the ipod and putting it in a bag of dry rice for 24 hrs before you try to charge it? If there is moisture in there maybe it will help pull it out!
    Best of wishes and happy hunting!
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    Very cool finds! Congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntsman53 View Post
    Nice finds, congrats and hope you find the rest of the pocket watch! I am sorry to tell you but Pocket Watch Case Serial Numbers almost never match up with Pocket Watch Movement Serial Numbers. The search that you did and provided a screen shot of, is in fact information on the Movement itself and the Movement was Gold Gilded. Pocket Watch Makers used a variety of Pocket Watch Cases from numerous Makers and these are Serial Numbered well before the Case and Movement come together as a Pocket Watch. If you can provide a closeup pic of the information on the inside of the Pocket Watch Case, we should be able to provide more information on the Case itself.
    Thanks for your insight. I know nothing about pocket watches, so I defer to your knowledge. Here’s the inside...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeVal View Post
    Thanks for your insight. I know nothing about pocket watches, so I defer to your knowledge. Hereís the inside...

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    I don't know squat either about pocket watches but that looks a whole lot better than the gold plated ones I've found....
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    Nice hunt, really nice case, congrats on all
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    Congratualtions on the nice finds and cool pocket watch case!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeVal View Post
    Thanks for your insight. I know nothing about pocket watches, so I defer to your knowledge. Here’s the inside...

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    That would be a 20 year case. Gold filled which is much heavier than your normal gold plated case.
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    Hi, nice finds. Congrats
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johncoho View Post
    That would be a 20 year case. Gold filled which is much heavier than your normal gold plated case.
    It says "Warranted 10 Years". And yes, it is likely 14k Gold Filled based on the color but could be 10k.
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    jacdec1968

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntsman53 View Post
    It says "Warranted 10 Years". And yes, it is likely 14k Gold Filled based on the color but could be 10k.
    I guess it does say 10 years and that would be a lesser amount of gold applied to the case base metal.
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