Independent Pocket Watches


1875-1881


Brothers E. W. Howard and C. M. Howard of Fredonia, New York formed the Independent Watch Company. The brothers originally started out selling patent medicines and started a side business to sell pocket watches and jewelry by mail order.

Initially the brothers sold Swiss pocket watches that they had engraved their name into, but later switched to American made watches coming from the Hampden Watch Company, the United States Watch Company of Marion and the Cornell Watch Company. The brothers were so successful in their side business that they decided to create the Independent Watch Company. In the beginning, the brothers did not have a factory and simply engraved their company name on the top plate and dial of the watches that they sold.
In hopes of making more money, E. W. Howard and C. M. Howard purchased the California Watch Company factory in Berkeley, California and started to manufacture their own watches as the Independent Watch Company and the Fredonia Watch Company. This venture did not last very long however due to the brother’s not being as successful at manufacturing their own pocket watches as they had hoped.
A Large View of an Independent 15 jewel Keywind with a Silvered Balance Bridge 18 size movement

A Large View of an Independent Howard Brothers 18 size Dial

A Large View of an Independent Hampden 11 jewel Keywind 18 size movement

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