Saturday, March 26, 2011

Retro Saturday

Today's 'retro' piece is a pocket watch that belonged to Ron's grandfather, Arthur.

Arthur was a tailor in the town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He was born in 1885 to Irish parents who had left Ireland during the great Potato Famine. They settled in the Annapolis Valley.

Arthur's work enabled him to meet people from all 'walks' of life. Back then if a piece of clothing could not be made at home, then one would go to the local tailor to have it made.

I remember Ron's mother saying that her father made clothes for members of the legislature who were from Wolfville. He had a very good reputation and his work was impeccable.

One of the things he needed back then, besides a watch, was an press-out the garment pieces and the finished article. This is one of the irons he had.

It was used as a door-stop for years. I wonder what the '18' means on the top? I can tell you that it is very heavy.

I hadn't realized that there were different types 'pocket watches' until I looked it up on line. After a little research I discovered that this watch is an 'open face case pocket watch'. It has no cover over the face. And it was built in 1906. Oh yes, it still works!

If you are interested to learn more about pocket watches, then click on the links below.

Check here and here.

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