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Pocket Watch - Matthias Currie, Greenock, Scotland, circa 1868 Object Reg. No: ST 025179

Summary:
Gents pocket watch, silver open case, Matthias Currie, Greenock, Scotland, no 11453, circa 1868.

Inscribed 'A. McIntyre, Myrniong, Vic'.
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Description:
Silver case, open face. White enamel dial has roman numerals and seconds dial at 6.

Key wound spring; lever escapement. Detachable dust cover is cut away to show jewel and bridge.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from A. McIntyre, 1961
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1.6 cm (Width), 5.1 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: gents watches, key watches, pocket watches
Themes this item is part of: Horology Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Watches
Tertiary Classification: scotland
Inscriptions: Back plate is marked 'M. Currie, Greenock, 11453'. Outside of inner case is marked 'A. McIntyre, Myrniong, Vic' and inside is marked '11453'. Case has London hallmark of 1867-1868 (lion, uncrowned leopard, small gothic m) and 'J.S.'.
Maker: Matthias Currie, Greenock, Scotland, Great Britain, circa 1868

Currie was working at 11 Cross Shore St, Greenock in 1868: see Donald Whyte, Scottish Clock & Watch Makers 1445-1900, Pub Scottish Genealogy Society 1996.

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Alex Carruthers Posted on 15 Nov 2009 4:10 AM
To Victoria Museum, Australia
I found your Greenock Pocket Watch (Reg. No: ST 025179 Gents pocket watch, silver open case, M. Currie, Greenock, Scotland, no 11453, circa 1868) recently as I was browsing the internet. My interests are very heavily focussed on watch and clockmakers from Greenock, Scotland. Matthais Currie is one of them. Alas I do not have lots of detail on him and maybe as your knowledge increases, we could share information. Greenock is a town on the River Clyde on West Coast of Scotland and in past years was a major shipbuilding and sugar processing town. None of these trades exist today but M Currie would have been working in his shop at Cross Shore Street in Greenock when the town was in its industrial phase.
What information I have is from studying the various Directories and Census details in the Greenock Archives. I am afraid it’s very little but may be useful for others researching the watch in your collection. The details are----

Matthias Currie, Watch and Clockmaker, Greenock
Plied his trade from 1864 – 1875 (died age 53 on 11th December 1875) at 11 Cross Shore Street, Greenock
-married to Wilhelmena
PO Directory 1873 entered as 41 Cross Shore St (could be misprint for 11 Cross Shore St) with house at 15 Lynedoch St in Greenock

The following shows a discrepancy in age to the above information which I have yet to resolve
1861 Census Matthias Currie age 36 Clockmaker employing 2 men
1871 Census Matthias Currie age 45 Clock and Watchmaker no other family names entered

I hope this helps or at least starts a dialogue which adds and clarifies the history of Matthias Curry.

With regards
Alex Carruthers
Discovery Centre Posted on 17 Dec 2009 11:34 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Alex. Thanks for your detailed information on the watchmaker. We really value information that can be provided by other researchers on the objects in our very large collection. We've passed your information on to one of our History & Technology staff, who will be in touch if further information is required or able to be offered.

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