"So punctual a man delighted in always having about him a good timekeeper. In Philadelphia, the first president regularly walked up to his watchmaker's (Clarke, in Second street) to compare his watch with the regulator."- George Washington Parke Custis, Recollections and Private Memoirs of George Washington (New York: Derby & Jackson, 1860), p. 454.

George Washington purchased several gold watches during his lifetime to assist him with keeping proper time. This watch - possibly purchased at Ephraim Clark's shop on Second Street in Philadelphia - admirably suited Washington's preference for well-crafted, neat and plain pieces. The chased and engraved floral band on the circumference of the outer case's front is its sole decoration.






Gold, base metals, porcelain, glass


Overall (Diameter of ouside of case): 2 in. (5.08 cm)
Overall (Diameter of inside of case): 1 3/4 in. (4.45 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Harrison Howell Dodge Heiberg Jr., in memory of Harrison Howell Dodge, Mount Vernon Resident Director (1885-1937), 1976

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Colors (Beta)

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