Rose & Son - London pocket watch - 30 years tucked away out of Chicago jeweler repair shop. I find a paper liner inside the case.
Watch is key wound, and I don't have a key, so I don't know if it runs. Would like to figure out how to find a key that fits.
I decide to tweezer the liner paper out and I find other onion-skin thin scraps behind the green liner.
The inside case is stamped 43. Handwritten ink in beautiful script, probably German, is written on the scraps of paper. Also a 1984 repair note by my late father-in-law, the Chicago jeweler. Can anyone read what the German printed on the green liner paper says? I delicately unfold the scraps to see if anything is legible.
Fabulous handwriting, though not enough length in the scraps to translate much of anything, especially for context about why the note is inside the watch case.
I still haven't figured out how to get inside the case to see the movement, not sure I want to experiment with opening it. But then, holy cow!, I turn one scrap over with my tweezers and find something I can translate: a handwritten date, 1854. I knew the watch was old, but I have never had such a rare opportunity to approximate the date.
Of course, the paper date is not the gold standard, but ah, what a rush. The story inside this watch will probably never be clear. I still have to get inside to the movement via a watchmaker, I think, and find a key to wind it, and replace the missing ring at the top of the knob, and learn about Rose & Son - London, but such a trip. I had to share it with you people who are interested in watches. I'll update if I get a movement pic, and hopefully some of you out there can help me understand this watch's history.
I have much to be grateful for on this eve before Thanksgiving. Happy Turkey day to everyone!