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    M.I. Tobias Rare Two Train Independent Dead Beat Seconds Gold Watch Presented To Henry Kayser, circa 1857
    Case: 18k yellow gold, four body, 53 mm, gold cuvette with presentation inscription, engine tuned back with central crest engraved "Henry Kayser", engine turned front with horse and military man, rectangular gold slide on the rim to stop the dead beat center seconds
    Dial: enamel, Roman numerals, sunk subsidiary 15 seconds dial at six, gold fleur-de-lis hands, outer minute marks and five minute numerals
    Movement: No. 42280, marked "Registered Patent 21 Feb. 1848", gilt two train, lateral lever escapement, un-cut gold balance wheel, 20 jewels, engraved bridges and balance cock, blued plate screws
    Signed: case is numbered to match the movement and signed "Jett, St. Louis", movement signed M.I. Tobias Liverpool, gross weight 160.7 grams

    Note. The cuvette is inscribed "Presented to Henry Kayser the Rich man's model and the Poor man's friend as a testimonial of respect and gratitude from the Employees in the City Engineers Office and those engaged in the Public works of St. Louis who esteem him as a friend and value him as an Engineer and admire him as a Citizen, St. Louis Mo. June 24, 1857"

    Henry Kayser was born August 9, 1811, at St. Goarshausen, Germany. Kayser studied architecture and higher mathematics at Darmstadt before making the journey to the United States with his brother Alexander. In 1834, he opened a drawing school in St. Louis and made maps of the Indian reservations for the superintendent of Indian affairs. Later he served in the U.S. surveyor-general of public land office before being appointed as assistant engineer under Lieutenant Robert E. Lee. Kayser surveyed the Mississippi River and reported on the harbor improvement project to Lee. He acted as a government surveyor until 1839, when he was selected to serve as the first city engineer for the city of St. Louis. He held this position off and on until 1857. In 1871 and 1873, he was elected city comptroller. Henry Kayser died October 16, 1884, in Hoboken, New Jersey.






    Condition Report*: Type: M.I. Tobias Rare Two Train Independent Dead Beat Seconds Gold Watch Presented To Henry Kayser
    Dial: enamel, Roman numerals
    Hands; gold fleur-de-lis
    Metal: 18k gold
    Gram Weight: 160.7
    Case Info: massive, four body, engine turned
    Case Width: 53 mm
    Crystal: glass
    Watch Movement: No. 42280, marked "Registered Patent 21 Feb. 1848", gilt two train, lateral lever escapement, un-cut gold balance wheel, 20 jewels, engraved bridges and balance cock, blued plate screws
    Circa: 1857
    Condition: case is good overall, some wear to the bow and the outer engine turned areas, dial is good, movement is good and running, cleaning is recommended
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