"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.






  • Retailed - United States
  • Made - England


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)


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

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