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    Interesting story about Lincoln's watch

    Read it here.


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    Re: Interesting story about Lincoln's watch

    Great story! Anyone who loves history and watches should get a kick out of it.

    I read the article, and blew up the image myself. Nobody mentioned that "Jeff Davis" is scratched across the bridge. I wonder what THAT means.
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    Re: Interesting story about Lincoln's watch

    Lovely story!
    And what a relaxing time (before the Civil war, of course), so laidback that an important polititian as A. Lincoln could function without a watch!!
    Something to aspire to!
    Of course, we would still need watches to collect!)
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    Re: Interesting story about Lincoln's watch

    Quote Originally Posted by cpotters View Post
    Great story! Anyone who loves history and watches should get a kick out of it.

    I read the article, and blew up the image myself. Nobody mentioned that "Jeff Davis" is scratched across the bridge. I wonder what THAT means.
    That's what I was thinking, "Who's Jeff Davis?"

    Great story. Thanks for the link.
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    Re: Interesting story about Lincoln's watch

    Quote Originally Posted by cpotters View Post
    Great story! Anyone who loves history and watches should get a kick out of it.

    I read the article, and blew up the image myself. Nobody mentioned that "Jeff Davis" is scratched across the bridge. I wonder what THAT means.
    The watch was probably serviced later in 1864 and another watchmaker etched his name on it - "LE Grof - 1864". He may also have been a confederate sympathizer as "Jeff Davis" was also added. Jefferson Davis was Lincoln's counterpart as the confederate president.

    I wonder what Abe Lincoln would have thought when he got his watch serviced and so many people added graffiti inside it! And many props to the 16th President of the USA for being so conscientious in having his watch serviced regularly.

    PS: Its standard practice in those days (and even now I believe) for watchmakers to etch their initials and the date on the inside back of the watch casing as a permanent record of services on the watch.

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    Re: Interesting story about Lincoln's watch

    Quote Originally Posted by eqdok2007 View Post
    PS: Its standard practice in those days (and even now I believe) for watchmakers to etch their initials and the date on the inside back of the watch casing as a permanent record of services on the watch.
    I think that must be so as my Grandfather's pocket watch has 8 such engravings on the inside of the case back.
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