After reading the July 8th entry of Merton’s War Journal [Link], my Mother commented something to the effect that ‘I don’t Listen to the family stories very well‘ and that the pocket watch did indeed come from within the family. She believes it did belong to my 2nd Great Grandfather – Leonard Ivy Young born in 1843 and died in 1924.
My Mother was kind enough to snap a quick photo of it to share.
This seems to be a Hamilton Railway Special – Probably made around 1912. The Hamilton website has a similar model though the there are some distinct differences. The earlier models seem to have a different logo treatment, as do some of the later.
Superbly designed and splendidly constructed, this watch achieved that high pinnacle of perfection. More than 200,000 pieces of the 940 movement were produced from 1900 to 1928. 18 size, 21 jewels.¹
Perhaps in another blog post we will talk about the glasses and diary in the background.