C. Dawson Pocket Watch

American Pocket Watches

This is another unidentified watch that attracts interest because of its double signature (one in script and other in block letters) that could be any combination of maker, retailer or owner, unidentified case mark and American watch papers located within the case. Whether retailed in America or not is undetermined.

C. Dawson Pocket Watch

Fusee movement, serial number 30, with verge escapement, faux tompion regulator dial numbers engraved into the back plate, a cost saving measure seldom seen. Round pillars and white enamel dial with replaced gold hands. Likely manufactured in the 1820's or later. Engraved, A. Mc. C. / C. Dawson

American hallmarks
American Watch Papers

Unidentified matching silver pair cases lack all hallmarks except for a single letter "E" cut incuse in an oval cameo.

Three watch papers are located within the watch; two papers by C.D. Hostetter of New Lisbon, Ohio, dated 1831 and 1834, and a third by Joseph Custard of New Lisbon, Ohio, dated 1839. They give evidence that the watch was in America for a very long time.