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Picture of Frank Kusumoto
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An early transitional wind movement.

 
Posts: 1045 | Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A. | Registered: October 08, 2004
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Frank

I wonder if your Holler Watch Company was Peter Holler, he was a watch maker & jeweler living in Brooklyn NY in the 1870's up into the 1900's. He was born Jan 26, 1850 in Cologne Germany.

Tom
 
Posts: 5113 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
Picture of Ernie Loga
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Here is the movement from my 16s Columbus HC. It is very similar to Franks except this one is not adjusted.

 
Posts: 910 | Location: Wisconsin in the U.S.A. | Registered: April 28, 2008
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I picked up this Columbus a year ago in Columbia, SC. It needed a main spring and a regulator adjusting gear.


Dennis Lockwood


 
Posts: 13 | Location: Sunny South Carolina in the USA | Registered: February 05, 2009
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Nice heavy glass crystal and hinged 925 silver case with coin edge.


Dennis Lockwood


 
Posts: 13 | Location: Sunny South Carolina in the USA | Registered: February 05, 2009
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The dust cover is engraved "Patrick Tuffen."


Dennis Lockwood


 
Posts: 13 | Location: Sunny South Carolina in the USA | Registered: February 05, 2009
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Early serial number shows that it is a transitional model ca. 1886. The 15j watch was missing the regulator adjusting gear when I bought it. I still don't have a key for it. The damaskeening washed out in this photo. It has a unique rectangular damaskeening.
This was probably a premium watch in 1886. Nickel damaskeening was just becoming popular and it was reserved for the top of the line watches. Combined with a 925 silver case, Patrick Tuffen owned a very flashy watch. He must have been a man of distinction, although I haven't been able to find out anything about him.


Dennis Lockwood


 
Posts: 13 | Location: Sunny South Carolina in the USA | Registered: February 05, 2009
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925 silver case.


Dennis Lockwood


 
Posts: 13 | Location: Sunny South Carolina in the USA | Registered: February 05, 2009
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Nice watch Dennis. Is it possible the last name could be Tutten & not Tuffen? The reason I ask I can not find one Patrick Tuffen in census records but I do find Patrick Tutten.

Tom
 
Posts: 5113 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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Wow, those are some fine looking watches, I've only owned one and sold it years ago..Wish I would've kept it now.
This is the only Columbus photo I have. Big Grin

Ray

 
Posts: 1569 | Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California USA | Registered: December 20, 2006
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Picture of Frank Kusumoto
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quote:
I wonder if your Holler Watch Company was Peter Holler, he was a watch maker & jeweler living in Brooklyn NY in the 1870's up into the 1900's. He was born Jan 26, 1850 in Cologne Germany.


Tom, your guess is as good (and probably much better) than mine. It does seem to be very common for PL's to be associated with large stores and especially jewelry. Personally I'm not particularly interested* in PL's unless they happen to be South Bends. Smile

I know there has been a thread before (4 years ago?) devoted to PL's but I don't think it would hurt to have a new one. For myself, I think I might just start one in the South Bend Forum for South Bend PL's.

*One PL watch that I was interested in was commissioned by a gentleman who used to live about 4 blocks away from me.
 
Posts: 1045 | Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A. | Registered: October 08, 2004
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Hi Frank

I think it was Peter Holler, I did a little more searching & found the Holler Watch Company was located at 66 Broadway Brooklyn. With that address I found a NY Times article that mentioned a Jeweler Peter Holler of 66 Broadway, the article was dated Feb. 9. 1896.

If you would like the article I can email it to you, it is too long to post here.

This is from the Brooklyn city directory of 1894

Tom

cd
 
Posts: 5113 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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Tom,

Thanks. Tutten? Tuffen? It looks like Tuffen to me, but I cannot argue with Tutten also. The watch was part of a large pocket watch estate auction, so it came with no explanation. I will look into Patrick Tutten's life.

What an interesting hobby we have. You start with a watch and end up researching the original owner's life. When you are done, you feel like you know the guy.

Thanks for your kind words.


Dennis Lockwood
 
Posts: 13 | Location: Sunny South Carolina in the USA | Registered: February 05, 2009
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Picture of Tom Brown
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Hi Dennis

You are a better judge of what it might say, I was just trying to guess at another possible name. I have trouble reading some of that old type of script.

Tom
 
Posts: 5113 | Location: New Mexico in the USA | Registered: January 27, 2007
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Picture of Larry Buchan
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Railway King dial

 
Posts: 3350 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Picture of Larry Buchan
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Railway King Movement

 
Posts: 3350 | Location: Okotoks Alberta Canada | Registered: November 22, 2002
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Picture of Tony Dukes
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Latest columbus watch added to my collection. Won on ebay but it was a non runner and the case would not close. I wanted the watch because it had a nice hunter log dial and hands.

 
Posts: 1955 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S.A. | Registered: August 01, 2003
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Picture of Tony Dukes
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Chris Abell serviced the watch and it is now a keeper. Serial number--185706

 
Posts: 1955 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S.A. | Registered: August 01, 2003
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Picture of Samie L. Smith
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Tony beautiful Columbus i love the dial. Smile
 
Posts: 3212 | Location: Monticello, Kentucky U.S.A. | Registered: June 24, 2004
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Picture of Robert V. Jones
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Here is a busy dial on a movement I found. It has a two tone movement also.

 
Posts: 3473 | Location: Cleveland, Georgia in the U.S.A. | Registered: February 03, 2006
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Here is a nice 6s dial no hairlines

 
Posts: 3473 | Location: Cleveland, Georgia in the U.S.A. | Registered: February 03, 2006
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New member, thought I would post pictures of a nice Columbus:


Ross Frank


Columbus King 18 S 23J
 
Posts: 14 | Location: San Diego, California in the USA | Registered: August 03, 2010
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Picture of Dr. Debbie Irvine
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Nice watch Ross!

And welcome to IHC185.

Debbie

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Posts: 4998 | Location: Northern Ohio in the U.S.A. | Registered: December 04, 2002
Picture of Ernie Loga
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Here is a photo of the movement of my recent purchase Columbus transitional watch from 1883. It is key-wind and stem/lever set.

 
Posts: 910 | Location: Wisconsin in the U.S.A. | Registered: April 28, 2008
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Here is a picture of my Columbus, quite early with a low serial number. This is a 15jewel adjusted Ca: 1883 K/W L/S. Hunter.
Bill

 
Posts: 1272 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: May 19, 2008
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case

 
Posts: 1272 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: May 19, 2008
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dial

 
Posts: 1272 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: May 19, 2008
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case2

 
Posts: 1272 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: May 19, 2008
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case3

 
Posts: 1272 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: May 19, 2008
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case4

 
Posts: 1272 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: May 19, 2008
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dial2

 
Posts: 1272 | Location: British Columbia in Canada | Registered: May 19, 2008
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Picture of Tony Dukes
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Bill,
Great looking movement. Thanks for sharing the pics with us.
Tony
 
Posts: 1955 | Location: Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S.A. | Registered: August 01, 2003
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Picture of David Abbe
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IN May 2007, I picked up this Columbus and as it had a Broken staff I put it away and forgot itFrown . . . so it "turned up" a few months ago as I was rummaging. Today with what I have learned in 5 years with IHC185 I approached the issue again, tried a South Bend staff, and it now is back to running Railroads + + + + +. Columbus went "all the way" finishing this movement. Even the train wheels are damaskeened! Eek

 
Posts: 6532 | Location: Southern California in the USA | Registered: July 19, 2007
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