|The front of the
case carries a floral design with the initials 'JW' at
||This is a closeup
of the initials with photoshop enhancement to show the
||Press the stem of
the watch and the case opens revealing the face and
the fact that the watch was produced by the Hampden
of Canton, Ohio.
|The back of the
watch shows a similar design and a bit more ware.
Pulling the hinged cover reveals the "works"
||Papers in the archive, probably taken from Dan or John Wilson's desk, demonstrate that John Wilson was an active Republican and also a strong supporter of William McKinley. The watch bears the McKinley signature, "Canton, Ohio", and the serial number, 2718662.Information available here suggests that the watch was produced in 1911.||The case was made
by the Crescent Watch Company. Its serial number
is apparently not part of a dated sequence.
From a blog: "C.W.C.Co. tells me that's it's probably a Crescent Watch Case Company case. The star and moon mark on the case is consistent with them, and is how they marked their 20-year gold filled cases. So, it sounds like your watch is gold filled. 20 years means that, when new, the watch case would have been guaranteed to not wear through to brass for 20 years from the date of purchase."
The numbers etched on the side of the case (above, left
) are a bit of a mystery.