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Swartchild & Co. Wrist Watch Timing Washers

Watch Timing Washers - Box Label

Watch Timing Washers – Box Label

I recently purchased some watch related antiques that included this Swartchild & Company boxed selection of timing washers for wrist watches.  The all cardboard box measures just under 5 inches long, just under 1-3/4 inches wide, and 5/8 of an inch high.

Watch Timing Washer Box Interior

Watch Timing Washer Box Interior

There are twelve vials in the set.  The glass vials with cork stoppers each measure about 1-1/4 inch overall.  The timing washers are unbelievably small.  In the picture below, you can just make out the washers which are electrostatically stuck to the walls of the glass vial.

Vial with Timing Washers

Vial with Timing Washers

I’m no horological expert, but I’ve been able to track down a little info on Swartchild.  The company appears to have been founded in 1870, and the latest publication that I was able to find was dated 1951.  This particular timing washer set could date anywhere from the 1920’s up to the 1950’s based on the text font used on the box labels.  (If anyone can provide more information, I’ll be happy to add it to this blog’s growing knowledge database.)

Antiques like these timing washers are great conversation pieces, and I’ve added quite a few to my stockpile of curiosities.  I’ve got many more oddities to share, but in the meantime, I encourage you to rescue some interesting bits of history by adding them to your antique collection.


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