CIRCA 1871 COIN SILVER POCKET WATCH MARKED C.B & Q
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Lot 0358 Details
An early key wind watch in coin silver case, marked C.B & Q on the enamel dial, the brass plate movement marked J.R Watts, Ashland Nebraska. Serial number 166609 which, for Elgin movements, puts the date of manufacture at 1871. Very good condition, no monogram on the case, some very light dings on the case, two tiny edge chips to the dial at the extreme edges at 1 and 9 positions, no hairlines, no key. Research at a Nebraska museum shows that J.R. Watts was one of the first businessmen in Ashland Ne., which is on the Burlington mainline between Omaha and Lincoln. Watts opened a jewelry store there in about 1870. This watch was possibly a loaner for use by railroaders whose watches needed repair. The 1890 census lists J.R. Watts as a railroad watch inspector in Fulton, Ga., where he is buried. A copy of marriage license for Jerome Watts, Ashland Nebraska provides some additional provenance for this piece.
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