Illinois size 18 pocket watch silver case

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    byjwr1
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    Hello!

    I have an Illinois size 18 ( 1899 vintage ) pocket watch in a beautifull case and stamped on the inside of
    the back cover ( ORE SILVER # 1 ). I have seen cases marked Silverine, Silverode and Silveroid and I
    know what they mean. I haven’t been able to fined information covering ORE SILVER #1. Is it the same
    as sterling? I would appreciate your inputs.

    Thank You

    BYJWR1

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    Bob Tascione
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    Welcome to the forum BYJWR1!
    I believe these cases were made by J. Fahys & Co. and that Ore Silver cases are Nickel and contain no Silver. Don’t know about the #1 though.
    Hope this helps,
    Have fun,
    Bob

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    byjwr1
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    Hello Bob,

    The case was made by J Fahys Co., but, I think it is a little strange that they would use the term Ore Silver #1 for a
    case made with nickel alloy.

    Thanks for your reply Bob!

    BYJWR1

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    Bob Tascione
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    Hi BYJWR1,
    I’m with you on that one. Maybe Nickel was a dirty word back then or something. Silverine, Silverode and Silveroid all have no silver. Wierd.
    Bob

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    oldtimers
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    Hello BYJWr1,
    Strange but true. According to the book “History of American Watch Cases” Ore Silver cases do not contain silver. With or without the #1. I bought a few of them in the past and was shocked to discover they were nickle.

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    byjwr1
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    Hello Oldtimers,

    Thanks for your input. Perhaps the word silver helped sell more Pocket Watches? I believe Nickel is a very
    durable and nice looking metal. Makes a nice case for a Pocket Watch.

    Thanks Again

    BYJWR1

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