The Model 14 was Seth Thomas's first 6-size ladies watch, introduced to the public around 1890, just five years after pocket watch production began. It was the company's only known design with a male winding stem, which was dropped halfway through the first production run. The M14 was made with a choice of four jewel counts on plate finishes of either gilt or nickel in a lever-set hunter configuration, so open-face dials had no seconds bit. The serial number runs of the Model 14 alternated with those of the Model 15, and the factory appears to have had both the Models 14 and 15 in production at the same time, though it's not clear why since both were 6-size hunter movements.
There were three lever-set hunter grades listed in all the known catalogs. Sometime around 1900 the jewel count of the Grade 119 was raised from 15 to 16.
* The 7-jewel gilt Grade 22 and the 7-jewel nickel Grade 146 have both been assigned. There are no known catalogs or adverts listing either of these grades.
The 1890 catalog was the first known publication to list the Model 14, advertising the 7-jewel Grade 46 and the 15-jewel Grade 119. Although the M14 appeared in every catalog through 1910 it's doubtful that it was in production the entire time given the low numbers, and more likely that all old stock hadn't been sold off. The male stem was discontinued in favor of the far more common square arbor somewhere around SN 116,401. Several private labels have been logged, but no named grades are known and no two-tone variants have been reported.
Roughly 34,000 of the Model 14 was made in five separated serial number blocks starting at SN 100,001 up to 166,000.
The serial number runs for the various models alternated with each other up to SN 1,000,000. Factory records past this point have not been found, so it's not clear which model was being used or if it was more than one. For ease of research the Model 18 is listed on the chart for these runs, since it was the latest of the models.
The watches logged in the M14 chart are all reported examples or verified from photos.
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The 11-jewel nickel Grade 122 had four press-fit jewels on the upper train plate, and since the marked 16-jewel variant of the Grade 119 had screw-set jewel settings, it was assumed that the 15-jewel variant also had jewels that were mounted with screws. A recently logged example with screw-set jewel settings clearly has bushings on the pillar plate for a count of only eleven, bringing into question whether any of them did indeed have a count of fifteen or those with a center jewel had sixteen.
The British manufacturer Lever Brothers ordered hundreds of private-label Model 14s from Seth Thomas. They were all 7-jewel gilt Grade 46s with matching dials in gold demi-hunter cases, which have a small crystal in the front cover to tell the time without having to open it.
A huge company like Lever Brothers had no reason to retail low-grade watches, and since their pride in their employees was well known it's likely these were presentation pieces.