Watch, Waltham Riverside

This watch, made by the American Watch Company in Waltham, Mass., dates from 1879. The firm was an important force in both watch and machinery design in the 19th century.
Movement: spring going barrel, ¾ plate, gilt finish, 14 size, stem wind and lever set, bimetallic compensation balance, regulator on bridge, marked: “Amer..n Watch Co../Riverside./WALTHAM, MASS./1143246”; back of front plate marked: “WOERDS PATENTS”
Case: engraved hunting, yellow gold, marked inside dial and back covers: “6052094”
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, blued steel hands, sunk seconds with Arabic numerals at 6, marked: “AMERICAN WATCH CO.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1879
American Waltham Watch Co.
Physical Description
gilded (watch movement production method/technique)
brass (watch movement material)
gold (watch case material)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 2 in x 1/2 in x 2 in; 6.35 cm x 5.08 cm x 1.27 cm x 5.08 cm
ring base: 7/16 in x 3/4 in; 1.11125 cm x 1.905 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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