Pathfinder Pocket Watch

This is the Pathfinder, an inexpensive watch model made by E. Ingraham and Company, Bristol, Conn. These “dollar watches” made by Ingraham and other firms were easier to make than high-grade watches and very much in demand. They got their nickname in 1896 when such timekeepers began to sell for about $1. In contrast, the best pocket watches from other American watchmaking firms at the time could cost over $150. Because they were inexpensive, “dollar watches” were often giveaways during promotions for other products or marketed for children.
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Object Name
watch, dollar
date made
E. Ingraham Company
overall: 2 7/8 in x 2 1/8 in x 5/8 in; 7.3025 cm x 5.3975 cm x 1.5875 cm
ring: 3/4 in; 1.905 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Bristol
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Work and Industry: Mechanisms
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
James Arthur Collection, New York University
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