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Object ID # 1959.001.005ab
Object Name Clock, Shelf
Title Swiss-Made Travelling Clock & Case
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 1918
Place of Origin Switzerland
Description Miniature blue-enamelled Swiss-made clock and travelling case, 1918. The back side is silver. It is engraved with "STELLA FROM HARDING 'SEMPER FIDELIS' CHRISTMAS 1918". The underside has "Swiss" and other information in tiny lettering. The numerals "3041" are also stamped. The clock has four squat, round feet supporting it. The enamelling is present on the front side and two arched sides.
Makers mark hard to read the tiny lettering
Provenance Previously owned by Stella Priest (neƩ Bowlby). The clock is engraved at the back to "STELLA FROM HARDING SEMPER FIDELIS CHRISTMAS 1918". This was a sweetheart's gift, received shortly after the First World War ended in November, 1918.

Before they were married, Stella and her husband Harding Priest were both mentioned in dispatches for their war service. Each received a citation signed by Winston Churchill (then Secretary of War), on July 1st, 1919, for outstanding service in the field during the First World War (then known as the Great War).

Arthur Harding Priest was a son of an Owen Sound businessman, Arthur Priest, and was born in 1891. He graduated from Trinity College, Toronto, in 1914 and became an Anglican priest in 1915. He served as curate at St. George's Church, St. Catharines, from 1914 to 1916, when he went overseas as a Chaplain in the C.E.F. [Canadian Expeditionary Forces]. He met Stella Bowlby, a Canadian nursing sister from Norfolk County, in France.

After her return to Canada, Stella went to California, where she nursed for a short while and she was married to Dr. Priest at Vancouver, B.C. on November 1, 1921.

Harding Priest continued his religious career in the Anglican Church. He rose to the highest position in his field, and became Rev. Canon A. H. Priest. The Priests lived in Vancouver and Toronto for many years, but visited Owen Sound.

The Priest family burial plot is located in Greenwood Cemetery. Arthur Harding Priest died in 1958. Stella Priest died in 1959.
Collection Horology, 20th-c Collection
Material Enamelling / Silver / Metal / Glass
Dimensions W-4.8 L-7.5 D-3.6 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Priest, Dr. Arthur Harding
Subjects First World War
Great War
Christmas Gifts