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Object Name: Pocket watch, case, and watch papers
Date: 1800-1815
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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) Overall (c): 2 in. (5.1 cm) Overall (d): 2 in. (5.1 cm) Overall (e): 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Place made: Europe, England, London
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.
Credit Line: Gift of George R. Simpson, 1916
Object Number: INV.12413a-e
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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 and to go Slower y contrary" 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 and to go Slower y contrary" watch paper: partly torn, so fragmentary text: "Horizontal Stop Cap'd & Plain Watches..."; "...a Unnin.../ Watch Maker/ HADDINGTON/ From/ London maker's mark: on movement: "Pa. Unniingham/ N°350 Haddington" silversmith's mark: on inside of back casing: "AM" hallmarks: on inside of back casing: lion, n, leopard, illegible mark

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.