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Object ID # 1957.027.006
Object Name Watch, Pocket
Title 1850s Pocket Watch
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Year Range from 1853
Year Range to 1910
Made Mac Troup?
Place of Origin United States of America/Nova Scotia, Canada?
Description Man's key-wind pocket watch. This is a silver-cased pocket watch. The crystal area of the watch lifts open by means of a small lip at the bottom (hinged at top). The numbers are Roman numerals. The hands are made of copper and have a small arrow on the hour hand only. There is a circle, 1.5 cm in diameter, which is flat in the middle of the crystal. On the back, on a small coin-like cover that is also 1.5 cm in diameter, is a Star of David (Jewish symbol) and the engraving "1853 United States of America". This coin-like cover can be slid to access where one winds the watch. The top of the watch has a watch loop.
Provenance This pocket watch was found amidst items from the Estate of Martha J. Urquhart (d.1939) of Owen Sound, Ontario. In the 1932 Vernon's Directory of Owen Sound, she was listed as the widow of Donald P. Urquhart. A note found with the watch had said that this watch was made by a "Mac Troup" of Halifax. This is debatable as it has United States of America printed on it. It was more likely an American piece imported and sold through a watchmaker/jeweller named Mac Troup? After 1939, the item was kept by Margaret Melbourne Carrie (nee Kilbourn) of Owen Sound, whose mother was a Margaret Paterson and a relative of Martha Urquhart's.
Collection Horology, 19th-c Collection
Material Silver/Crystal or glass?/Metal/Copper
Dimensions D-2.4 Dia-5.2 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Urquhart, Martha J.

Carrie, Margaret
Urquhart, Donald P.
Paterson (Patterson), Anne Jane
Paterson (Patterson), Robert "Bobby Cash"
Subjects Clocks & watches