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Re: from the swamp [message #5044 is a reply to message #5041] Fri, 06 February 2015 16:14 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
MikeTheWatchGuy
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afire wrote on Thu, 05 February 2015 22:02
MikeTheWatchGuy wrote on Thu, 05 February 2015 14:06
Any idea of what it could be?

I would say it is Plate 22C from the 1918 catalog. Unfortunately, the 1918 catalog can be quite vague. In the price list at the end it just calls it Out o' Doors - Paris Square Style with a price range of $21 to $80 in sterling silver. And apparently these were supplied with the canvas strap.



Wow! Spot on in my opinion. I didn't even think to check the Worthy Company book / 1918 catalog. It needs to get into my list of Gruen publications to search. My volume 3 was to be a compilation of the catalogs and early leaflets that had plates on them such as the ones in the small calendar books. It would have come in handy for this kind of ID. But, it's not to be, at least not by me Smile

Note for authors (anyone can be an author) out there.... if someone wishes to pick up the Gruen ID Book torch, I think this compilation book of the 1929 Guild, 1918 Worthy Company, etc, would make a fine reference book for collectors. There are a lot of great resources that can be pieced together into a single book.

Thank you afire for the ID and the reminder that this document is quite important for early model IDs.

I see an opportunity to share with anyone that's interested the various ways to obtain the book and others like it....

Many readers may not know that google has made this book freely accessible via the Cincinnati Public Library system and another from Ohio State Univ. Be aware that some of these versions are missing the pricing data at the end. This is because the price list is a separate booklet that came with the Worthy Company book. You'll even find it in Google's GooglePlay bookstore

You can download the 1918 Worthy Company of Watchmakers PDF from the Cincinnati Library's Virtual Library.

And there's a viewable online version courtesy of the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

The "Google Books" entry for the Worthy Company book gives you options of having the book PRINTED and mailed to you. As a test I did this for the Worthy Company book and it turned out pretty good for a cost of $8.

All of these are tied into the WorldCat library system. I highly recommend looking into Worldcat as you can check out the original book and have it sent to your local library. It's an awesomely powerful research capability and gives you the rare opportunity to see and touch original materials.



These pictures are of the newly printed version of Worthy Company and an original copy.
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