Hi Donald, The practice of "private" or custom labeling dials was pretty common during the 19th century and first decade of the 20th century. A wholesaler or jeweler buying 5 or more movements could have his mane or design placed on the dial, although I suspect your very nice dial would have been an extra charge to the jeweler! I collect Hampdens and have a number of watches with private dials. Sometimes these are called contract dials. I have seen some nice imported dials with jewelers names on them but made for American watches. Presumably these fancy dials were ordered by the jeweler as they were not modern reproductions.
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I have had 1or 2 of the Montgomery Bros. dials thru the years, as Tom shows they were indeed out of LA. I'll try to find the watches I sold in my records. I do remember they were white porcelain railroad dials.