- May 8, 2015
- Pittsburgh, PA
Does anyone on the CWT happen to know the current location of the silver Waltham pocket watch that was given to President Lincoln by the American Watch Company? Another gold pocket watch that Lincoln owned - the English watch with the now famous hidden message under the dial - is in the Smithsonian Collection. Some Internet sources also claim, erroneously, that Lincoln's silver Waltham pocket watch is at the Smithsonian, but it is not. The silver Waltham watch linked to Lincoln, a 7 jewel 18 Size "William Ellery" Grade Model 1857, key wound and set, in a silver hunting style case with movement SN 67,613, was given to Lincoln by the American Watch Company shortly after he delivered his Gettysburg Address. It was sold at public auction at the Parke-Bernet Galleries, NY NY, on February 19-20, 1952 as part of the extensive Oliver R. Barrett Collection of Lincoln artifacts. Supposedly, the Waltham Watch Co., which went out of business later in that same decade, purchased the watch that day, but the watch has dropped out of sight since then.