Pocket Watch

Collection Type

  • Clocks and timekeeping

Date

1798-1803

GUSN

GUSN-102772

Description

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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pocket watches
watches
glass (material)
silver (metal)
enamel (fused coating)
paper (fiber product)
Watch, Pocket

Label

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.

Inscription

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)

Additional Identification Number

2224

Maker

Wheelock & Morse (Watchmaker)

Location of Origin

Massachusetts

Object Type

Timekeeping T&E

Dimensions

3 1/8 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ruth Child

Accession Number

1935.1153

Date

1798-1803 (Partnership dates for watch)

Places

Sutton (Worcester county, Massachusetts)