Hawxhurst Pocket Watch
Nathaniel (Hauxhurst) Hawxhurst (1756-1847) was born in Oyster Bay, New York and worked from about 1780 to 1801 as a clock and watchmaker in New York City. He was listed at 204 Queen Street in the 1786 directory.
Hawxhurst was involved in the import tool trade and partnered with the Demilts from about 1790 to 1800.
This fusee and verge escapement watch is signed "Nathl Hawxhurst New York 5915". The silver pair cases have London assay letter for 1796-97 and maker's mark "I.G" for Joseph Glenny, London. They also have a King George III export duty mark that was used from 1786 to 1798 and indicates that the tax was paid on the silver cases. It is interesting to note that the case maker is the same London silversmith as found on the Thomas Demilt and Stephen Van Wyck watches, two other New York makers working at about the same time..
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