Pair Cased Watch

In a style common in the second half of the eighteenth century, this watch has two silver cases that nest one inside the other. The inner case of the pair holds the watch movement and provides access to the movement through holes for winding and setting. The outer case protects the inner contents from shock and dust.
Dating from about 1815, this is one of the earliest watches made in the United States. The movement is engraved: “Luther Goddard and Son/ Shrewsbury/ No. 351.” Goddard reportedly made six hundred watches in Shrewsbury and Worcester, Mass., and trained his sons Daniel and Parley in the craft.
Currently not on view
Object Name
pocket watch
date made
ca 1812-1825
overall: 3 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in x .625 cm; 8.255 cm x 5.715 cm x 1/4 in
enameled dial: 1 13/16 in; 4.60375 cm
place made
United States
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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