Monday, May 8, 2017
While visiting my grandparents, we got to talking about my great great grandparents whom I've researched quite a bit and whom I feel I know pretty well though I never met them. They lived in a town with digitized newspapers and left lots of paperwork behind for me to follow. So I was thrown for a loop when my grandfather mentioned that they had divorced at one point and remarried and that he has the watch my 2nd great grandfather gave my 2nd great grandmother as a 2nd wedding present. I was intrigued.
Never having held such an old pocket watch, I really didn't know how to even open it. My grandparents thought that it required pulling gently on the stem, turning it and other suggestions, none of which got it to open. Later that evening when I went home, I looked up videos online and found that most likely the way to open it was to push down on the stem while pushing on a little tab near a seam. On my next visit, we were able to successfully open the watch.
The engraving inside says it is a solid 14k gold Keystone watch and lists the serial number. I figured there would be several websites out there that would allow me to take this information and look up an approximate manufacture date so that I could then figure out when the second marriage was. However, I really haven't been able to locate such a site. I have found that this is the second highest quality watch (of nearly 18 different levels) that this company made and was probably made around the early 1900's but not a closer date.
It really is a gorgeous piece and if someday I am fortunate enough to inherit it, I think I would see if there is someone out there that could get it in working order. As pristine looking as it is on the outside, I'm guessing it might not take much to get it in working order again.