- Museum number
CHROME-PLATED CASE PIN-PALLET LEVER WATCH.
Thirty-hour key wound spring-driven movement.
Dial with Roman numerals.
Plated metal case with embossed design incorporating three busts and scene with three ships.
- Production date
Diameter: 65 millimetres (case)
Diameter: 47.60 millimetres (dial)
Thickness: 28.50 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Associated dates : 1893.
Comment from Richard Good, Catalogue of Watches in the British Museum. Vol. V (Unpublished manuscript)
Made by Ingersoll
Waterbury, Connecticut USA, 1893
Key wound watch with a pin pallet lever escapement.
Signature: On the dial "COLUMBUS R.H. INGERSOLL & BRO NEW YORK" Around the broad bezel is "WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION CHICAGO 1893".
Case: Chrome plated two piece case, with an embossed design incoporating at the top of the back three faces; an American Indian, Columbus and Columbia, with three ships in the centre and the Exposition Building below.(1) A hinged back.
Dial and Hands: White paper dial with black Roman numerals and minute circle. A subsidiary seconds dial. Blued-steel spade hands and seconds hand.
Ebauche Marks: None.
Frame: A type 1 movement, not numbered, finished gilt. Four pillars support the back plate which is secured by nuts. The gilt cover to the watch is stamped 'PATENTED JAN 15. 1878. MAY 6 1890. DEC.23.1890. JAN 13 1891. PATENTS PENDING'. The cover also has a shaped slot to allow for regulation which is stamped with divisions and F S. There are also arrows to show the direction of wind and handset
Dimensions: Case diameter 65 mm height 28.5 mm., over the glass.
Provenance: Donated by the Heron Corporation in 1983.
(1) Apparently selling goods at the exposition was not allowed but Ingersoll got around this by giving Fair patrons a voucher for $1.50 which could be exchanged for a watch of their choice at a stock room on the ground floor of the Palmer House. The Fair Directors claimed that this was a violation of their agreement and one night boarded up the Ingersoll stand. The story was carried in many newspapers and caused great discussion. However the dispute was settled and the stand reopened. Robert Ingersolls comment on the whole affair was the classic 'all advertising is good advertising'.
- Not on display
- Latest: 2 (2017)
- Associated events
- Commemoration of: World's Columbian Exposition
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number