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PW12197

E.H. Flint 18S 7J
Extremely Rare Maker
$4200



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E.H. Flint, Cincinnati, Ohio 18 size 7 jewel keywind and keyset pocket watch.  An extremely rare maker notable for a movement design that was unique among American production, I believe only a handful of Edwin H. Flint's watches are known to exist and in total it is believed that less than 100 watches were produced by Flint.  As seen with this example the most distinctive feature of Flint's design was the placement of the balance wheel between the movement's plates in a manner that the balance is only visible when the dial is removed.  Flint touted this as making the watch "perfectly dust-proof" and was granted U.S. Patent number 195268 on September 18th, 1877 for his design.  The visible portion of these movements consist of a full plate which is engraved "E.H. Flint, Cin. O." and with "Patented Sep 18. 1877" within a triangle shape, and the serial numbers of Flint's movements are found below the dial.  This example is fronted by a plain Roman numeral dial, this dial shows evidence of the removal of a previous signature and its dial feet positions are consistent with Lancaster Watch Co. production.  From the few examples I've seen this appears to be the norm for Flint's production, as he apparently made use of Lancaster dials which he removed the signatures from rather than going to the trouble of sourcing his own dials.  Watch is housed in a 3 ounce coin silver A.W.Co. marked case with nickel cuvette.  Movement serial number is 64 which is located in two positions beneath the dial.

Running and a nice looking movement with some typical mild surface marks and some ultra-fine striations to the gilt surface.  Dial has some scattered edge flaking and its seconds-bit has been re-glued.  Case has a small bit of marring to its inner lip around the case screw position and has internally shows an unused locating pin position at the 2 O'clock area.  Case shows average wear, a small ding and nick on its band, and impressions from its bow on the upper bezel and upper rear.  Crystal is plastic.

$4200 plus shipment.