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Pocket watch and keys

Object Number: 
1953.195t.1-3
Date: 
1800-1825
Medium: 
Gold, glass, enamel; silver
Dimensions: 
Overall (watch): 3 1/16 × 2 3/16 × 1/2 in. (7.8 × 5.6 × 1.3 cm) Overall (key 1): 1 5/8 × 1/2 × 1/8 in. (4.1 × 1.
Marks: 
distributor's marks: on inside of front and back of casing: "A. WRIGHT/ 241 BLEECKER ST N.Y/ 43144/ J" label: on dial: "M.J. TOBIAS & C°/ LIVERPOOL"
Description: 
Gold pocket watch with two silver keys; low relief geometric design engraved on casing; oval wreath with shield on front of case; oval pendant knob with round bow; glass face; white enamel dial with black roman numeral hours and minute markings; hour and minute hands; second aperture at VI with second hand and arabic numeral second markings; distributor's marks on inside of casing; engraving on movement. Silver keys have round loop at the top; second, larger ring at the center of the key; cylindrical stem to keys.
Gallery Label: 
This object is part of a collection of Civil War momentoes that belonged to first Lieutenant Abram P. Haring, Co. G, 132nd New York Volunteers during the Civil War. Sergeant Major A.P. Haring enrolled at the age of 21 in New York City for duty on August 26, 1862, for three years of service. He wrote on the document attached to the watch: "Watch given to me by my mother, March 1860. It's a good time piece & is now in good order. keep it in the family. June 30th 1906. A.P. Haring."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Bess Haring
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group