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1902 Baseball Pocket Watch
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $705.00
Dating from the turn of the century, this stately gold pocket watch is distinguished by a decorative game-in-progress scene on the reverse of the case. The five generic figures featured on the watch, each in raised relief, are a pitcher, fielder, batter, catcher, and umpire. Adding to the appeal of the design is the portrayal of the ball in mid flight from the pitcher to the batter. A monogram (appears to read "WH") is engraved on the front of the case surrounded by an intricately rendered floral pattern. Manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Co., as noted on the watch face. The Hamilton Watch Company, founded in 1893, was recognized for making watches of the highest quality; its first series of pocket watches, the Broadway Limited, became known as the "Watch of Railroad Accuracy." The baseball design on this watch was most likely added at great expense, making this both an extremely expensive and attractive baseball timepiece from the era. The case displays moderate natural wear, including some loss of detail to the relief baseball figures (as expected from the constant rubbing of the watch against the pocket fabric). The watch (2.25 inches in diameter) remains in perfect working order. A jeweler's appraisal accompanies the watch and includes the following specifications: "Hamilton pocket watch. Hunter case. 17 jewel Gold filled case. Model 917. Serial number 209297. Mfg. date 1902." Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $705.00
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