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Catalog Number 01.C.06
Object Name Watch, Pocket
Title John K. Kane Pocket Watch
Artist Vacheron & Constantin
Place of Origin Geneva, Switzerland
Description Gold watch with blank crest on reverse. Timekeeper No. 60498. Presented in Girard Trust Company envelope labeled "watch belonging to F.F. Kane's grandfather John K. Kane."
Label This watch was owned by John Kintzing Kane, a Philadelphia lawyer and federal judge. Kane served as Secretary of the American Philosophical Society from 1828 to 1848, Vice-President from 1849 to 1857, and President from 1857 until his death in February 1858. He was the father of explorer and physician Elisha Kent Kane. Swiss company Vacheron Constantin, the oldest continuous watchmaker in the world, was founded in 1755 and was known for its high-quality watches. In 1839 the watchmaker introduced interchangeable watch parts, allowing for mass production and lower cost, revolutionizing the global production of watches.
Dimensions D-0.5 Dia-2 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society. Gift of Thomas Pym Cope, 1967.
Search Terms 19th century
nineteenth century
timepiece
jewelry