Yesterday I was helping my Mom and Aunt clean out my grandmother’s cluttered room. While cleaning her room out, I came across two pocket watches. One is more modern but is intricately carved and beautiful.
The other, however, is more intriguing to me and my family. It, too, is intricately carved. This one features what looks like maybe a farmhouse and flowers surrounding it. But that’s not all. Inside the watch is an engraving that reads, “Ella A. Lehman. Xmas ‘95”. I called my grandmother and came to realize Ella Lehman is my grandmother’s grandmother. In other words, the watch belonged to my great-great grandmother.
At first glance, my Mom and I though the ‘95 stood for the year 1995. My grandmother said the ‘95 actually stands for the year 1895. After doing a little digging, I found out the watch was made by a company called Elgin. The opposite side of the engraving has the words, “Warranted HM U S ASSAY.” There is a serial number 64781.
I researched the serial number and make and model. I could not find an exact value of the watch. All I found out was the model and number were manufactured in the year 1871, so I assume this is a later model? Either way, I am interested to know the value of the watch. If anyone can help me, that’d be great.
But having said I’d be interested in knowing what the watch is worth, there is no Goddamn way I am selling it! It’s a family heirloom and I feel it should stay in the family. I just feel honored to know I am the one who has it…even if it was made for a woman. It is still beautiful.
I feel a sense of pride just looking at this watch, let alone hold it. I mean, the thing is 150 years old! That is amazing! It is a new prized possession for me. So do you have any prized possessions? If so what are they? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!