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The Howard brand is sometimes a source of confusion. The E. Howard Watch Company began in 1858 in Boston. But all its trademarks, and no patents, were sold to the Keystone Case Company in 1902.
Keystone then continued on producing E. Howard branded pocketwatches, although the later products are completely different from the earlier Howards. Watches from the earlier incarnation of the Howard company are significantly more rare than the later examples like these.
See more examples here.
This a blob of brass solder (?) on the underside of the arm that switches winding/setting when the lever is pulled out. I'm not sure what that's all about. I guess it would hold the minute wheel down, but what's it fixing?
The underside of the mainspring barrel has a Geneva stop. As is so often the case, it it missing the cam. This is so common on Elgins that I think either they left the factory that way, or watchmakers frequently removed and discarded them for some reason. The part missing does not impact the watch functionally at all.
See more examples of Elgin's Father Time movements here.
See the entire album for this project here. And more horological contents here.
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