Excelsior Pocket Watches, when were they made?
by Debra Weidman
Excelsior Pocket Watches
I have my hubby's Great Grandma's pocket watch, a lovely Excelsior (don't curl your lip, it's very pretty!) that apparently was made by New York Standard Watch Co. They also made my other pocket watch, a Standard U.S.A. watch. I have been trying to date them, but data on the serial numbers for this company are scarce and no one really seems interested in digging it out for some reason.
Both are 3/0 size (if I understand the size scale), work great, in terrific condition, strong running with beautiful cases. The serial number on the Excelsior pocket watch is 34131, and the Standard U.S.A. is 11378. If anyone knows how to date them, or WHERE to find the information, I would be grateful.
From what little information I have been able to find out, the New York Standard Watch Co. was in business from 1885 to 1929 and made approximate 7 million watches of all sorts (I don't know if that includes their clock division). If mine are still running in such good shape with NO servicing for lord knows how many decades, they must have made a pretty good product.
Does anyone know anything about the Excelsior pocket watch?