Alice, I collect Excelsior Pocket watches and one hit Ebay today that sparked my interest that should find its way back into your family. It was presented to John Brown III in 1910 by the Saint Pau'ls Church . After his death in 1917 the watch appears to have been in possession of another family member of yours named J B Alexander whom added some free-hand art to the face of the watch and I believe this same Alexander became the Mayor of "Put-In Island" as well.Hope this piece makes it back into the family. Cheers
Alice, Your very welcome.I would ask the church if they have records of when they presented the pocket watch to John Brown III and get a copy of the record if possible.Uncle Alexander's free hand Masonic /Odd fellow art on the face of the watch is a major distraction to collectors but with out it , I would not have been able to connect it / authenticate it using genealogy records ect. ; Gods work...This watch presented to his grand son by Saint Paul's Church was given to him for his dedication as the bell ringer for the community there on the Island which seems symbolic to me in some way.The church's selection of an" Excelsior " pocket watch also interests me, but that's a whole other story.Congratulations on it finding its way back to the family ; You have no idea how happy I am for you and that watch.
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