Welcome to this weeks segment of Vintage Thingies Thursday. Thursday is the day to showcase your vintage treasures and to share your special things with everyone. If you are visiting and would like to join us, please do. It is very easy!
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This week, I am going to share my husband's vintage pocket watches. I happened to notice that he has three of these watches, so I have to tell him.....that three of anything makes a collection! My husband is not a big collector of things, but since today 2/17 is his birthday, I decided to show off a few of his treasures.
This one is a Elgin watch and belonged to his step dad. It is really a nice quality. I believe his mother gave him the watch many years ago.
This is an old railroad watch. My husband's grandfather worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad, and this was his watch he wore while working. It has the original watch fob, and is stored under glass to protect the watch and fob. A real family treasure to be sure.
This watch has a bit of a story...which is so typical of anything I buy.....I purchased this watch for my husband off of Ebay several years ago for Christmas. The draw to me was the fact that it said Cripple Creek and Victor, and well, we all know how I love that place....it was listed as a railroad watch. Consequently, with all important finds on Ebay, someone else wanted this watch as bad as I did......
I ended up paying more for this watch than I had originally said I was going to spend. I think it cost me around $275.00 and knowing I would need to have the watch checked out and cleaned before Christmas was going to be another expense. No matter, I wanted this watch for my husband, it did not matter the price.
When I picked this watch up from the shop a few days before Christmas, the jeweler told me it was indeed a railroad watch, and J. Freshman was the original owner. The company was Cripple Creek & Victor railroad. This was most likely a gift from the company to the original owner. The Cripple Creek and Victor tracks are still there today in the mountains, they run a tourist train between the two cities today. I love to fantasize about the watch being on a railroad worker all of those years ago, the same watch we now own, and we have been on the same tracks so many times throughout the years.. The jeweler told me to be sure and have the watch insured for a minimum of $3500.00. Wow was all I could think driving home that day, excited to wrap this up and put it under the tree.....not bad at all.
I'd like to wish my wonderful husband a very Happy Birthday. He deserves far more than what he gets from this life, our families and his job. I try and make up for all the short comings and hurts he experiences from our extended family members. I just hope I do make a difference every day...not just on special days. I love you Steve.....our vintage years will be the best!
I hope everyone has a great Vintage Thingie Thursday and a wonderful weekend. See you guys and girls next week!
~ Witch Hats ~
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