Expanded Hours

We're now open Wednesdays through Sundays! Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required for visitors ages 12 and up. Learn more >

Pocket watch with keys in case

Object Number: 
INV.8310a-d
Date: 
1845-1855
Medium: 
Gold, porcelain, enamel, glass; leather, metal
Dimensions: 
overall (case): 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 2 3/8 in. ( 1 x 4.4 x 6 cm ) overall (watch): 5/8 x 2 x 2 7/8 in. ( 1.6 x 5.1 x 7.3 c
Marks: 
printed: watch face, top center: "CHARLES FRODSHAM / 8655 AD\Fms~" stamped: inside obverse cover, center: "RR" stamped: inside reverse cover, center: "RR / 18"
Description: 
Gold pocket watch in double-covered, closed-faced case with round knob and ring stirrup at the top center, with 2 keys in leather pouch; both sides of the case have imbricated design in a circular pattern; white porcelain face has Roman numeral hour markings, hour and minute hands at the center, separate second time keeper at the bottom center, wind-minding indicator at the top center; watch keys have knobs with swivel ring stirrups at the top, circular heads and straight jaws; brown leather pouch has green snap fastener at the front.
Gallery Label: 
A note found with this pocket watch indicates that it may have been used by Alexander Newell around 1850.
Credit Line: 
Gift of C. W. Newell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group