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Timothy & William Keith
Timothy & William were sons of Timothy (Sr.) Keith, who worked as a silversmith in New York and Boston and died in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1806 (Voss). In 1815, William Keith apprenticed at age 14 with Luther Goddard fulfilling his indenture in 1824.  He then partnered with younger brother Timothy, a listed Worcester silversmith, in the firm "T & W Keith, Jewelers and Watch-repairers." 

William continued in the trade becoming an executive of Waltham Improvement Company and an instrumental figure in the merger with Appleton, Tracy & Company to form the American Watch Company where in 1861 he served as its second president.  William's writings of his experience working for Goddard, the first to produce American watches in quantity (1809-1817) are an important historical account of American watchmaking in the early 1800's (Small). An article about this watch was published in 2009 (Newman, 673).

 
William Keith Watch
William Keith Watch
 

Maker:
Number:
City:
Date:
T & W Keith
6475
Worcester, Mass.
1828

Description: Nicely finished fusee movement with a verge escapement, turned baluster pillars, enamel dial and gold hands. Matching silver pair cases with Birmingham assay date mark for 1828 and maker initials "VR" (Vale & Rotheram, Coventry).

William Keith Watch


Watch papers by Daniel Goddard (D. Goddard and D. Goddard and Co.) and another by T.A. Lamb of Worcester located within the watch case.


References and recommended reading:
  • Richard Newman, A Contract Watch Signed T&W Keith Worcester, NAWCC Watch & Clock Bulletin, No. 383, (December, 2009), pp. 673-675
  • Percy Livingston Small, Luther Goddard and His Watches (three parts), NAWCC Watch & Clock Bulletin, No. 48 (April 1953), pp. 355-360, No. 52 February 1954), pp. 104-108 and No. 53 (April 1954), pp. 181-187
  • William Erik Voss (see reference on Home page)