Patton & Jones were major wholesalers and retailers of horology materials with S.G. Jones operating from 93 Market Street in Baltimore and Abraham Patton from 44 Market Street in Philadelphia from about 1798 to 1814. They advertised extensively between 1800 and 1813. 

What they produced versus retailed is not known; however, a tall case clock signed by Patton & Jones, ca. 1797, was purchased by none other than George Washington (Palmer, 241). The firm was formed when a third partner, Isaac Price (of the famous Leslie & Price firm) died in 1798. This is the advertisement that marks the  beginning of Patton and Jones. 

Patton, Jones & Co. The partnership of Isaac Price, Abraham Patton, and Samuel G. Jones, watch makers; trading under the firm of Patton, Jones & Co. being dissolved on the 18th of September last, by the death of Mr. Isaac Price, all persons having demands against them, are desired to bring in their accounts, and those indebted, to make immediate payment to Samuel G. Jones, No. 93, Market-street. Abraham Patton, Samuel G. Jones, Surviving partners.  N. B. The business will in future be carried on by Abraham Patton and Samuel G. Jones, at the same place, who will as usual keep a large supply of Clocks, Watches, Chains, Seals and Keys of every description. Federal Gazette & Baltimore Daily Advertiser, November 23, 1798. (Harris, 335)
Patton & Jones Watch
Patton & Jones Watch

Patton & Jones
Description: High grade fusee movement with a verge escapement, enamel dial and intricate gold hands. Matching silver pair cases with Birmingham assay date mark for 1809 and case maker "GT", likely George Thickbroom of Coventry.

Several watch papers from George Ware of Camden, N.J. dated from the 1850’s located within the watch. Missing dust cap, replaced dial.

In addition to this watch signed Patton & Jones, watches signed Leslie & Price, and S.G. Jones are also displayed on this website. In the late eighteenth century, Abraham Patton was in partnership with Isaac Price and the renowned inventor Robert Leslie under the firm Robert Leslie, & Company. In 1796, Leslie divested his share and Patton and Price add partner Samuel Jones (S.G. Jones), renaming the firm Patton, Jones & Company. This firm ended with Price’s death in 1798. 

Patton & Jones watch paper: No. 93 Market Street, between South & Culvert Streets, Baltimore. Imports & Sells Wholesale & Retail Clocks & Watches of every description and all kinds of Tools & Materials. 

Patton & Jones Watch Paper

References and recommended reading:
  • Carter J. Harris, The Clock and Watch makers American Advertiser, Antiquarian Horological Society, Great Britain. 2003, p. 335
  • Brooks Palmer, Extension of American Clock and Watch Maker’s List, NAWCC Watch & Clock BulletinVol. 6, No. 4, (June 1954), p. 241
  • Tom Spittler, The Myth of Mass Production, NAWCC Watch & Clock Bulletin, No. 336 (February, 2002), pp. 86-92