Please post your Hampden private label watches in this thread. When posting, please include photos whenever possible (obeying copyright law, of course). For the description, please provide the serial number, model and grade information, and any information you have obtained about the retailer who's name appears on the watch. The more information, the better. We would like to make this more than just a list. It will, hopefully, become a prime resource for private label research.
Mtv Roadies 10 Audition Form Download here. Thanks in advance to all who contribute! I have had this PL Hampden with only the movement being marked. It is OF, 18S, Model 3, Grade no. 58, serial number 272,757 with M. (D.?) Schrader, DuQuoin, Ills.
And patent pinion marked on the nickel DMK movement. The dial is a single-sunk white enamel with “Hampden Watch Co” in block printed letters. The case is a triple-hinged Dueber coin silver with serial number 272,316. I think I picked this up in Toronto, Canada many years back. DuQuoin is in Perry county, IL and was serviced by the Illinois Central back in the day.
I have been unable to find further information on the PL. Brad Maisto, KY Floral #44 Secretary. Two pages from one of John C. Perry's memo booklets.
Dueber-Hampden Watch Company. I have a Dueber Hampden pocket watch listed. It also has a serial number on the Dueber case as 3996618 and the works are a. Antique 1900′s Dueber Special Case Gold Filled Pocket Watch for locket or Watch. Antique 1900′s Heavy gold Plated ” Dueber” Case Pocket Woman Watch for Locket or Watch, very good antique pre-owned condition, no visible defects, some worn minor scratches on top, case closet tight and stay close, glass without visible defects.
First is from 3/6/85 and shows an order for 6 mvts to be engraved L. Baker, Minneapolis, Minn. Torrent Nfs Underground 2 Pc Iso on this page. No mention is made of marked dials. Second is from 3/19/85 and shows an order for 12 mvts to be engraved L. Huber, Louisville, Ky., and also 'on dial Leonard Huber'. There is also a specific charge of $6 for 'name on dial' of the 12 mvts (i. 50 cents each).
There are many examples in these memo booklets showing that many PLs were ordered with markings engraved on the movement only and that marked dials were an extra charge. So don't assume (especially for c. 1885 and earlier mvts) that a PL Hampden must have a PL marked dial.
Hampden Watch Company, Springfield, MA, later Canton, OH Mozart and New York Watch Companies The Mozart Watch Company was originally organized by Don J Mozart and a group of investors in Providence, Rhode Island in 1864. In October 1867 the Company reorganized as the New York Watch Company and moved to a one story brick plant in Springfield, MA. The company produced high and medium grade watches until the great financial panic of 1873 slowed production, with the factory closing in 1875. The company was reorganized as the New York Watch Manufacturing Co. And resumed production, but again closed in the summer of 1876.