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    CONFEDERATE GENERAL WILLIAM MAHONE'S MITCHELL & TYLER WATCH WITH A ROSE-CUT DIAMOND AT THE MOVEMENT - This gold watch owned and worn by Confederate William Mahone was made in London, England for Mitchell and Tyler of Richmond, Virginia. The elaborately engraved rose gold face has raised Roman numerals and an intricate floral design engraved at the center of the dial. A smaller second dial is located at the bottom and, while the minute hand and second hand of the watch are missing, the watch is highly attractive in its present state.

    General Mahone carried this watch extensively as it has seen much wear as evidenced by the missing hands and since the glass is missing from the opening face. The beautiful case opens at three positions. Besides opening at the 2" dial, the mechanism can be opened to reveal the movement of the watch made by John Cragg of London as engraved on the border of the movement. An ornamental rose-cut diamond is beautifully set amidst a highly-engraved setting above the balance staff. The gold cap piece of the movement is engraved 'Made For Mitchell & Tyler. Richmond Va.'.

    The back of the case can be opened to reveal the hallmarks associated with this watch. There is an 18 karat gold mark, a mark indicating that the case was made in London and the Mitchell & Tyler name. The entire watch is serial numbered 26742.

    Accompanying the watch is a 14" gold watch chain and eagle-head watch fob. This heavy gold chain has the eagle head holding the watch's key which has the stem missing.

    This is a beautiful and very rare Mitchell and Tyler gold watch that ran the blockade into the Confederacy of the great Confederate general who may be best known for his valiant defense of Petersburg.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Published: North South Trader's Civil War - Volume XXIV, Number 6.

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum *****




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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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