Hamilton Pocket Watch

Hamilton Pocket Watch

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The Smithsonian received this watch from J. R. Wells in memory of his father Henry Gilbert "Doc" Wells, an engineer on Southern Railroad, Washington Division, who operated steam engine No. 1401, now on exhibit in the National Museum of American History.
The Hamilton Watch Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, made this watch movement about 1907. It has a full-plate nickel movement with the model name Grade 940 and a serial number 686525. It has an open-face nickel case and a white enamel railroad-style dial with not only hour numerals but also minute numerals and marks 1 through 60.
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Other Terms
watch; Mechanical, Spring-Driven; Pocket Watch
date made
ca 1907-1910
Hamilton Watch Co.
place made
United States
Physical Description
metal (watch case material)
metal (watch movement material)
overall: 2 3/4 in x 2 in x 1/2 in; 6.985 cm x 5.08 cm x 1.27 cm
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accession number
serial number
Credit Line
J. R. Wells in memory of Henry Gilbert "Doc" Wells
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National Museum of American History
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