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Two E. Howards (Keystone) in for routine service...

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.
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