Early silver pocket watch associated with Brutus J. Clay of Bourbon County, Kentucky. This watch was a gift to him by his wife Anna, probably sometime in the 1840s.

Brutus Clay was probably the most outstanding agriculturalist of his generation in Kentucky. A brief biography from the HISTORY OF BOURBON CO. is included in the photos.

The watch does not run although the fusee chain is intact. I think this is called a pair-case watch because of its double case. The case is silver, made in London and has a date letter for 1830-31. Both inner an outer case have the same maker's mark being that of John James Whiting, a mid-nineteenth century London silversmith. The piece is engraved on the inner case "B.J. Clay from Anna" A nice piece of Kentucky history.


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