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Pocket watch with case

Object Number: 
1941.936a-c
Date: 
1770-1790
Medium: 
Gold, glass,enamel
Dimensions: 
overall (case): 1 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/4 in. ( 2.9 x 7.9 x 8.3 cm ) overall (watch): 2 5/8 x 7/8 x 1 7/8 in. ( 6.7 x 2
Marks: 
engraved: on movement: "P. Flournoy / 2883 / A Paris" stamped: inside back cover: lion / "20K / 1352" printed: in gilt, inside case lid: "GIVEN BY / Mme de la Fayette / IN PARIS / TO John E. Caldwell / 1769-1819"
Description: 
Gold pocket watch with foliate engravings and enamel flowers on the casing; glass face; white enamel dial with roman numeral hours and arabic numeral minutes; tompion hour hand and curved minute hand; three concentric black rings about the center of dial; foliate filigree balance cock; engraving on movement; circular regulator with arabic numerals 1-7 and blue hand; maker's marks on inside of back of casing; in nearly square wooden case covered with light gray felt, lid hinged at the back, metal clasp fastener at center front concealed, and and box lined with satin (bottom only of box); stand-up cardboard collar just inside rim of box.
Gallery Label: 
This watch was presented to John Edwards Caldwell (1769-1819) by Madame de Lafayette in 1791. Caldwell's father, the Reverand James Caldwell of New Jersey, was killed during the American Revolution, and young John, then fourteen, was taken to France and educated by the Marquis de lafayette, who knew the father. When he returned home to the U.S. in 1791, he was given the watch. Caldwell later became the General Agent of the American Bible Society.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Charles Winthrop Gilman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group