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    American Socialists: Gold Pocket Watch Presented by Appeal to Reason for "Faithful Service in the Struggle for Socialism". The case features hand-engraved working men shaking hands below the inscription, "Workingmen of all countries unite you have nothing to lose but your chains / You have a World to gain. Marx". The watch was presented to James M. Best by the Appeal to Reason, a newspaper endorsed by the Socialist Party of America. Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle was first published as a serial in the paper, as well as articles by Jack London, Mary "Mother" Jones, Stephen Crane, Eugene Debs, and Helen Keller. The 18 size watch is a 15-jewel American Waltham Watch Company "Model 83" gilt full-plate movement. The serial number is 11112282, which indicates the movement was made in 1902. The movement is lever set and has an enamel face with Roman numerals and blue steel spade hands. The case, unmarked, but perhaps by Keystone, is 14K gold filled with the hand-engraved figures and the quotation by Karl Marx. The case is numbered 630173. Modest wear, else, fine.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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