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Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Society, Sporting & Fancy Dials Manufactured by the Elgin National Watch Co.


Reproduced by Ready Publications, March 1981

During the late 1800s, the Elgin National Watch Company offered a variety of society and sporting dials, designed to personalize the watch to suit a particular customer. The "society" dials were more popular than the "sporting" options, with elaborate symbolic designs representing fraternities such as the Freemasons, Odd Fellows, and Knights or Pythias. In 1889, this special catalog was distributed as compilation of the special dials available at the time. Despite the company's marketing efforts, sales were unimpressive. As a result, watches with these dials are difficult to acquire, especially in good condition.

w t . ngc-m s a w n e w m u m MW 0H/ ‘ Ilm mumHlulmlm: . ENE/PAL Off/65, éMQ/V/fo/f 5 79.5 5 7. N RESPONSE TO THE MANY INQUIRIES AND ORDERS FOR SOCIETY AND l FANCY DIALS, WE HAVE DECIDED, AND ARE N o w PREPARED TO FUR‐ NISH A FULL LINE OF SAME, IN 18, 16, 6 AND 0 SIZES. ON T H E FOLLOWING PAGES ARE ILLUSTRATIONS OF T H E SEVERAL DIFFERENT STYLES N o w READY; THESE WE FURNISH EITHER DOUBLE SUNK OR SUNK SECOND, IN COLORS OR PLAIN. THE COLORS USED ARE THOSE APPROPRIATE To T H E SEVERAL SOCIETIES WHOSE SHOWN. IN ORDERING, BE PARTICULAR AND GIVE T H E SIZE, IN T H E NUMBER OF ILLUSTRATION, WHETHER DOUBLE SUNK OR SUNK SEC‐ OND, PLAIN OR IN COLORS, ALSO THE KIND OF ENAMEL, HARD OR GLASS. NUMBERS 1130 To 1141, 1154, 1162 TO 1167 ARE ONLY FURNISHED SUNK SECOND. NO ORDERS WILL BE FILLED FOR 14, 10 OR 8 SIZES. YOURS TRULY, AUGUST 1, 1889. ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH 0 0 . EMBLEMS ARE ADDITION TO N o . 1103 N o . 1104 MASONIc.‐B|.u: L o o n , N 0 . 1105 MASONIQ._.LUKLoan. N o . 1106 MASONIC.‐5Lu: Loner. MASONIC.-Dwt L o p e z . No. 1107 N0. 1100 MASONIO‐'Iw|: Lopez. No. 1109 MASONIC.‐-lw:Lona. "0.1110 panama‐nu:L a p e l . A“ No. 1111 MASONIG. l w :Lone:Tocon-lure"Ann Inmut. NO.|1|2 MASONIO. MASONIO. aw: Lane: to conulz'rouv Ann luamz. No.1113 N o . 1114‐ MASONIG. MASONlO. nun: L o o m : T o C o n s u l - r m " A N D sunmr. nun: L o o n T o c o n - t a r o “ A n n l u l u - u . No.1115 No.1116 MASONIO. MASONIC. Dun: Lane: to eon-lure" AND Quaint. No. 1118 MASONIc.‐chunTum-um. M A S O Nl C . ‐ K n m u n T u n - u s . ELGINNATIONALWATCH Co. F‐ M A S O N R L ‐ K u m n " TEMPLAR. M A S O N I c . ‐ K m m n s T z u F L A n . No.1121 No.1122 MASONICr‐Kulenn T t u r u l - MASON|c.--Ku|unn TEMPLAn. No.1128 No.ll24‐ No.1120 No. 1125 No.1126 NonLEs or TH! Mvsrm8mm“. No. 1127 NOILES OFTHE MVlTlc SHIN"!‐ ODD FELLOWS. Im'ruroav D m n u To PA'rnuncnt lam-fin". NOBLE! or T u : MVl'rlc Ounmt. No.1130 No. 1131 No. 1182 on]: FELLOWS. |NIT|AT9HV D ‘ G R ‘ : To PATRIANCHS MILITINT. No. 1138 ODD FELLOWS. lulTlATDlV D t h t t To PATnlAncul MILITANY. No.1134‐ ODD FELLOWS. l u m n o n v D m n u To Pru-mucus MILITANT. ODD FELLOWS. mmnonv DEGREE ‘ro PA-rnuncnn MlLITANT. No.1186 O D D FELLOWS. Llumnonvluau“ToPATmucl-u"nuns-r. KNIGHTS OF PVTHIAS. Loner. KNIGHTS OF PVTHIAS. LODGEA No. 1139 No.114-1 No. 114-2 KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS. Lopez. KNIGHTS OF PVTHIAS. Unlronu RANK. No. 114-8 KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS. KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS. Umronu R u m . unwoun- mum. No.1145 No.114-6 KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS. KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS. Umronl RANK. Umronu Rum. No.1147 No.114-8 No. 114-9 No.1l50 A. O. U. W.‐Lon¢|, A. 0. U. VAL‐Inter Kmann. A. 0. U. W.‐Lormt. No. 1152 ELGINNATIONALWATCH Co. j No.1!6l No.1162 IMPROVED ORDER or RID MEN ORDER or ( L u g , No.1168 No.1]64‐ ORD‘R OF ELKI. No.1165 ORDER OF tLRI. No.” 6 6 ORDER OI' ELK. ORDER OF ELKQ. No.1l6’1 No. ” 6 8 ORDER OF ILKU. No. 1169 c a n “ or Fountnt. No. 1170 onnn or Fonts-rt". o n “ or Font-nut. '‐‐-‐‐r GHAND ARHV OFT “ ! Rtrunlc. GRAND ARHV OI“ T u t “IPUILW. No.”77 GRAND ARMY OFTHI: RtPUBLIC. GRIND AINV OFT “ ! “(Pu-LIO‐ No.1174‐ ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH Co. No.1179 ‘ No.1180 GRANDAM"orTut ntrunucA Gun“:MunorTu: Rtruluc. No.1181 I N0.|182 .I°THIHHO°D OF LOCOMOTIVI ENGINEER.‐ "'°T"““°°"°VL°°°"°T'V=i"°'"“"'~ luornnnoonorLocouonvtEmmy-un‐ ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH Co. _ _ . _ 1 a...“ ,____.m-_ .,_WW..- No. IIB5 MODERN WOODHIN. No.1191 No. I192 “ O B I . " WOODHEH. No.1198 Moon!" Woonutu. No."94‐ Q H D I H OF RAILWAY CONDUCTOHI. No.1195 ORDIR O? RAILWAY CONDUCTOHO. ORDER 0 ! ‘ RAILWAY CONDUCTO". No.1199 o l b l l 07 nlILWAV CONDUCTORI. SPORTIN G r - m u u limo-nun. No.1201 No. 1202 SPORTIN G . ‐ ¢ u A | | . Buoormo. ‘ w ELGINNATIONALWATCH Co. 1 SPORTINth‐mun. Buoonnc. SPORTING.‐0unusuno'nnc l SPORTING.‐5Aumu. spon'n"(a‐a“:gnu. ELGI-N NATIONAL WATCH Go. SPORTING.‐Bn: BALL 1 SPORTING.‐nu on... No.1211 No.1212 SPORTING.‐1Acwr G u n . 8PORTING.‐VAcwr CLUI. SPORTING.‐llll BALL. INo. 1 2 1 4 ELGIN NATIONAL WATCH Co. No.1215 SPORTINGr‐vncnr cws. SPORTING.‐VAch c w l . No.1217 No.1218 ELGINNATIONALWATCH Co. No. [ 2 2 1 No.1222 SPOHTIN°.‐FIINING. No.1226 Lee ELGINNATIONALWATCH Co. No.|227 No.1228 SPORTING.‐Aun:un P u o r o u m m u . SPORTINth‐Hons: ‘rno‘rrmo. No.1236 SPORTINth‐Hon": Tno'n'mo. No. 1239 No. 12410 ' SPORTING.‐Runumo Rnct. No. 124-1 SPORT!NG.‐nunume nAct. SPORT!NG.‐Runnmc a n “ . We