Ingersoll pocket watch dating
Ingersoll Watch Company grew out of a mail order business (R H Ingersoll & Bro) started in New York City in 1882 by 21-year-old Robert Hawley Ingersoll and his brother Charles Henry Ingersoll.
The company initially sold low-cost items such as rubber stamps.
The 1892 Columbian Exposition and 1893 Chicago World's Fair featured a new attraction built by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr.
which carried sightseers to the amazing height of 260 feet.
These were made by a British subsidiary, Ingersoll Ltd, initially assembled from imported parts, and later made entirely in their London factory.In 1919 Ingersoll developed a watch with the so-called "night design", the Radiolite with luminous dial.In the 1930s, the company, now called Ingersoll-Waterbury manufactured the first Mickey Mouse watches.By 1916, the company was producing 16,000 watches per day in 10 different models.In 1917 they produced another popular watch with 7 jewels called the Reliance.
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The first Ingersoll watches, called "Universal" were introduced in 1892, supplied by the Waterbury Clock Company.