DescriptionElgin National Watch Co. Rare & Historically Important Watch No. 4 Presented To F.F. Low The American Minister To China circa 1867
Case: coin silver Newport hunters case, 18 size, engine turned and engraved with scallop frames
Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals, sunk seconds, spade hands, signed "Presented By National Watch Co. To The American Minister To China, Hon. F.F. Low
Movement: gilt full plate, 15 jewels, bi-metallic balance with gold timing screws, balance bridge engraved with Chinese sailboats and pagoda, plates engraved with Chinese characters for No. 4, National Watch Co.
Note: The official Elgin ledger starts with serial No. 101 with the first 100 watches apparently having been set aside as presentation pieces for important dignitaries. Frederick Ferdinand Low (1828-1894) served as an U.S. Representative in 1862 and as the Governor of California until 1867. In 1869 he accepted an appointment to be the United States Minister to China. He remained in this position with the title "Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary" until July of 1873.
Type: Elgin National Watch Co. Rare & Historically Important Watch No. 4 Presented To F.F. Low The American Minister To China
Dial: enamel, Roman with presentation
Hands; blue spades
Metal: coin silver
Case Info: engine turned, scallop frames
Case Width: 18 size, 56 mm
Watch Movement: gilt full plate, 15 jewels, bi-metallic balance with gold timing screws, balance bridge engraved with Chinese sailboats and pagoda, plates engraved with Chinese characters for No. 4, National Watch Co.
Condition: movement is very good, case is good, dial is good with small hairlines at five o'clock
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