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This pocket watch is enclosed in a removable case. The watch face has arabic hours in black on a white face under a hinged glass. The case is also made with a solid back and hinged glass front set in a metal frame. Inside of the case back is pasted an orange-colored watchpaper printed with the maker's or repairer's name and address flanked by the icon of hope on the left and an image of Athena/Minerva on the right.
enamel (fused coating)
paper (fiber product)
Josiah Wheelock and Moses Morse invented a unique timing system for one of the earliest known American-made pocket watches. The two were business partners for only a few years before each pursued other manufacturing interests. Only a few of their watches survive.
Works: "Wheelock & Morse / No. 180 / Sutton" Paper label: "D. MUNROE/WATVH & CLOCK/MAKER/No: 35/Congress St,/Boston/Chains, seals, keys, jewellery Sc [blurred] for sale" (Engraved and printed)
Wheelock & Morse (Watchmaker)
3 1/8 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Miss Ruth Child
1798-1803 (Partnership dates for watch)
Sutton (Worcester county, Massachusetts)