Early Historic Medal Of Honor Recipient American Pocket Watch By Home / American Waltham Watch Co Circa 1867
Early Historic Medal Of Honor Recipient American Pocket Watch By Home / American Waltham Watch Co Circa 1867. This hunting cased coin silver pocket watch given as a Presentation piece to Willam H. Smith from Vice President Schuyler Colfax , the engraving is beautifully hand done " Presented to William H. Smith By Hon. Schuyler Colfax Speaker House of Rep & Vice President Elect as a testamonial of Respect February 14, 1869" Five piece hinting case Coin silver pocket watch , the early American Waltham case is engine turned in a classic Empire design measuring 54.50mm in width, stamped Coin Silver Serial # R139 with the classic American Eagle makers marks on dust cover , In 1861, as the country entered the American Civil War, production stopped. The company decided to downsize to the lowest possible level to keep the factory open, which was successful but it came at a price the quality of their movements hence the "Home Watch Co" line movements, frost gild full plate movement signed Home Watch Co Serial # 331.548 (1867). Topped with the original porcelain dial , large Roman numeral indexes, sub-seconds and Spade blue steel hands, accompanied with its original Coin silver chain. Willam H. Smith was born in 1847 in Lapeer County, Michigan, he's registered as (Private, Company G, 1st U.S. Cavalry). Smith had a very active military career he was awarded the Medal Of Honor during a "Return to the frontier" campaign where Smith on October 20, 1869, preformed with Honor and Distinction in single engagement against Apaches in the Chiricahua Mountains. During this period, thirty soldiers and officers serving with the regiment earned the Medal of Honor. Eighteen of these awards were for a single engagement against Apaches in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona, and another six were for actions in George Crook's "winter campaign", Smith was killed on 5 October 1877 defending Camp Howard in the Idaho Territory during the Idaho Indian Wars (1874 – 1878), the camp was overrun and burnt to the ground. Schuyler Colfax was the 17th Vice President of the United States (1869-1873) for President Ulysses S. Grant from 1869 to 1873 and 25th Speaker of the House of Representatives (1855 -1869) Founder Of Republican Party, Co-Author “Our New West” (A. Samuel Bowles), One of only two people elected as House Speaker and Vice President. Colfax was fascinated with the West he made multiple journeys throughout California, Oregon and Washington State, and was convinced that easy asses throughout the Atlantic and Pacific States would truly make this country great! Colfax was instrumental in the construction and completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, which made travel much faster and safer. “Our New West” By Samuel Bowles: To prepare his book the author had traveled the West in 1865, before the railroad and then in 1868 when the railroad was almost completed. First he traveled by stage and then by railroad. He traveled with Speaker of the House, and later Vice-president, Schuyler Colfax both times. Colfax wrote an introduction to the book which was almost as effusive as Mr. Bowles’ descriptions. He also does make a distinct reflection regarding some really tense moments between the local natives and their traveling party. This Watch represents a key moment in early American history, in a simple way it’s a time capsule the engraving on the back is truly amazing, this is a personal gift delivered from the Vice President of the United States to William H. Smith.