Pocket watch

Pocket watch
Title
Pocket watch
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 )
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Several Members of the Society
Object Number 
1871.9
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" engraved: on workings inside case: "Avance/Retard" rear of enameled dial marked "HM" and number 522. [no marks on movement]
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group