Pocket watch

Object Number: 
1871.9
Date: 
1770-1775
Medium: 
Gold
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1/2 x 2 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. ( 1.3 x 5.4 x 7.9 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on back of case: "Trenton N.J./Dec. 10th 1777./Presented to my Friend/Col. Thos. Johnson of Md./as a Memento/of my great Esteem./Geo. Washington." engraved: inside case cover: "1775/G. Washington" stamped: inside case cover: "IDMD/6722" engra
Description: 
Gold pocket watch given by General George Washington to Col. Thomas Johnson of Maryland; key-wound watch with plain white enamel dial, arabic numerals with minute markings; gold case with glass missing; inscriptions on back and interior of case.
Gallery Label: 
This gold pocket watch, owned by George Washington, was presented by him to his friend Colonel Thomas Johnson (1732-1819) in Trenton, NJ on December 10th, 1777. Johnson was a member of the Continental Congress, first Governor of Maryland, and Brigadier-General of the Maryland militia. Early in 1777 he led his men from Maryland to join Washington in New Jersey.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Several Members of the Society
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group