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Pocket watch, case, and watch papers

Object Number: 
INV.12413a-e
Date: 
1800-1815
Medium: 
Silver, glass, enamel, brass; paper
Dimensions: 
Overall (a): 2 3/4 in. × 3/4 in. × 1 1/2 in. (7 × 1.9 × 3.8 cm) Overall (b): 3/4 in. × 2 in. (1.9 × 5.1 cm) Over
Marks: 
watch paper: in center: "Andw. Smith/ Watch/ and Clock Maker/ TRANENT"; in surrounding bands: calendar with months, days; ""Still Faster/ Still Slower/ Still Faster/ Still Slower"; "To make a watch go faster Turn y regulator One way you let forwards Hands
Description: 
Silver pocket watch in silver case with three watch papers: watch has movement hinged into a fitted silver casing with glass face; white enamel dial with black roman and arabic numerals for hours and minute markings; hour hand; long cylindrical pendant knob with stirrup bow; filigree balance cock and foot; numbered aperture on movement; hole for winding in back. Silver casing molded to hold watch; holds three watch papers in the base.
Gallery Label: 
This watch was bought in Edinburg, Scotland by Mr. Rintoul before 1818. In about 1830 he gave it to his son, Robert Rintoul. He came to America in 1846, bringing the watch with him. In 1865 he gave it to his daughter Mrs. Cecilia Simpson. It has ever since been in the Simpson family. The watch papers inside of the case were placed there by jewelers when the warch was repaired.
Credit Line: 
Gift of George R. Simpson, 1916
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group