Gold gents pocket watch and key made by Ja. McCabe, Royal Exchange, London in 1856. It was presented to Captain Enright of the Lightning sailing ship by the saloon passengers on his 4th voyage from Liverpool to Melbourne 1857.

Physical Description

Single 18 ct gold case embossed with repetitive patterm. White enamel dial has painted black roman numerals with gold hands. Seconds dial at 6.00 with gold hand. Signed dial and movement. Key wound spring; duplex escapement. Diamond end stone to balance. Brass winding key.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Science & Measurement, Transport, Migration & Cultural Diversity

  • Acquisition Information


  • Acknowledgement

    Purchased with funding from the Askew Bequest.

  • Maker

    Mr James McCabe, 1856

  • Presented To

    Captain Enright, Apr 1857

  • Inscriptions

    Face, black " JA.s M.cCABE/ Royal Exchange/ LONDON/ 01203" Inside front case, stamped, "AS" in oval; "01203" [upside down]; "LMC"; [upside down]; "a" in square, triangle and "18" in square = London hallmark for 1856. Back of watch, engraved illustration of sixteen sail sailing ship on calm sea, with seagulls, clouds and another sailing ship in the distance. Below this "Presented to Capt. Enright. / OF THE LIGHTNING,/ by the Saloon Passengers on his 4th voyage/ FROM LIVERPOOL TO MELBOURNE/ Feb.y to April 1857./ as a slight token of their RESPECT & REGARD. [LINE UNDERNEATH] " Inside back case, stamped, "AS" in oval; "01203" [upside down]; "LMC"; [upside down]; [4 hallmarks to be checked].

  • Classification

    Horology, Watches, England

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Approximate Dimensions

    47 mm (Outside Diameter)
    47mm diameter, watch case only.

  • Maximum dimensions

    12 mm (Length), 48 mm (Width), 57 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation. Watch.

  • Maximum dimensions

    2 mm (Length), 6 mm (Width), 33 mm (Height)
    Measurement From Conservation. Key

  • References

    Leonard Joel auction catalogue for 9 - 11 May 2003, pages 1-2, 10-11, 14-15.

  • Keywords

    Gents Watches, Key Watches, Pocket Watches, Sailing Vessels, Horology