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    Ball Railroad-Grade Pocket Watch

    Appraised Value:

    $1,000 - $1,500

    Appraised on: August 7, 2010

    Appraised in: Des Moines, Iowa

    Appraised by: Craig Evan Small

    Category: Clocks & Watches

    Episode Info: Junk in the Trunk (#1519)

    Originally Aired: November 7, 2011

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    Form: Pocket Watch
    Material: Metal
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $1,000 - $1,500

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    Appraisal Video: (0:51)

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    Appraised By:

    Craig Evan Small
    Clocks & Watches

    Craig Evan Small Estate Jewelry

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I brought my dad's pocket watch from when he worked on the railroad. He purchased it in 1946, and at that time he paid $100 for it. And that was a lot of money back then, so they took payments out of his paycheck to pay for the watch.

    APPRAISER: And he worked on the railroad for...

    GUEST: 40 years.

    APPRAISER: 40 years. Ball was one of the early companies that pushed for what's called railroad-grade watches, and they have a lever set. There was a lot of train accidents in the turn of the century, and the lever set enabled the watches to be set only by opening up the crystal and pushing down on a button on there and then closing it back up. And all the people that worked on the railroad had to have a certain quality of watch.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: And this is a really high-quality railroad-grade. This is a 21-jewel Ball, six position watch. A watch like this, in today's market, probably retails for about $1,000 to $1,500 dollars.

    GUEST: Wow, nice.





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