Pocket Watch Database
Wadsworth Watch Case Co.
Newport, Kentucky; Dayton, Kentucky
Initial Marking: W.W.C.Co.
Location: Newport, Kentucky; Dayton, Kentucky
Years of Operation: 1892-1953
Predecessor: H.A. Wadsworth & Co.
The first cases at the Wadsworth factory were finished in June 1890 under the name "H.A. Wadsworth & Co." (gold-filled) [JC, 1890] The company was incorporated was the Wadsworth Watch Case Company in January 1892.
The Wadsworth Watch Case Company was started as H.A. Wadsworth & Co. in 1889. The first cases at the Wadsworth factory were finished in June 1890 under the name "H.A. Wadsworth & Co." [JC, 1890]. The initial production was likely 18-Size. The 6-Size case was introduced in the fall of 1890. The new line of cases was successful in the market, and the 16-Size case was introduced in March 1891. Within a few months, The Jewelers' Circular reported there were 25 patterns avaialble in the new 16-Size line. The 0-Size case was introduced in uly 1892.
The factory specialized in manufacturing gold-filled cases, advertising "handsome designs," "perfect workmanship," and "superior quality" [JC, 1891]. It is unclear how these early cases were marked.
The company was incorporated was the Wadsworth Watch Case Company in January 1892.
Around 1902, the company expanded its product line to offer a 14K solid gold case.
Wadsworth became one of the leading case manufactures in the country, arranging deals with watch factories to provide cases for "factory-cased" watches as trends developed.
Note: This chart is not intended to be a comprehensive list of grades. Some grades changed traits over time and other grades may not be listed. This chart will be improved as additional information is studied.
|Image||Name||Case Material||Gold Content||Gurantee||Source Catalogs||Trademarked|
|Rambler||Rolled Gold Plate||10-Year||1897BB|
|Wadsworth 10K White GF||Gold-Filled||14K||1928ON|
|Wadsworth 10K Yellow GF||Gold-Filled||14K||1928ON|
|Wadsworth 10K/15YR||Gold-Filled||10K||15-Year||1895OY, 1896OY, 1896MF|
|Wadsworth 10K/20YR||Gold-Filled||10K||20-Year||1899BHIA, 1901OY, 1902ACB, 1906SRC, 1911WJJ, 1912WJJ, 1912HA, 1913FDW, 1915ACB|
|Wadsworth 14K White GF||Gold-Filled||14K||1928ON|
|Wadsworth 14K White Gold||Gold||14K||1925CPS|
|Wadsworth 14K/20YR||Gold-Filled||14K||20-Year||1895OY, 1896OY, 1896MF, 1897BB, 1903N76|
|Wadsworth 14K/25YR||Gold-Filled||14K||25-Year||1899BHIA, 1901OY, 1902BB, 1902ACB, 1903N76, 1904LB, 1906SRC, 1911WJJ, 1912WJJ, 1913FDW, 1915ACB, 1925ASJ|
|Wadsworth Nickel||Nickel Alloy|
|Wadsworth Permanent||Gold-Filled||Permanent||1912HA, 1915ACB, 1916LCM|
|Wadsworth Rolled Gold Plate||Rolled Gold Plate||5-Years||1895OY, 1896OY|