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Catalog Number 01.C.28
Object Name Watch, Pocket
Title Pocket Watch
Artist Duchene Brothers & Co.
Place of Origin Geneva, Switzerland
Date 1820-57
Description Gold watch and key housed in case. Initials "EKK" etched in center of reverse side.
Label This watch, made by Swiss watchmaker Duchene Brothers & Co., was owned by 19th-century physician and Arctic explorer (and member of the APS) Elisha Kent Kane. Kane’s two expeditions to the Artic in the 1850s to to locate missing British explorer Sir John Franklin and his crew made him a celebrated American hero. He died in Havana at the age of 37, and thousands gathered to watch his funeral procession from New Orleans to Philadelphia before he lay in state in Independence Hall. Kane likely wore this watch while on his Arctic expedition.
Dimensions L-2.688 Dia-2 inches
Dimension Details Length incl. hook at top
Credit line American Philosophical Society
Search Terms nineteenth century
19th century
timepiece
jewelry