PAT GARRETT'S POCKETWATCH, GIFT OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN. Designed with a gold case engraved in a floral motif with a reclining woman, fitted with a white enamel dial over a manual wind Elgin movement with sub-second function, measures 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 3/4in., signed Elgin, case numbered #501489, movement numbered #1056459.

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Lot 193
PAT GARRETT'S POCKETWATCH, GIFT OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN.
Designed with a gold case engraved in a floral motif with a reclining woman, fitted with a white enamel dial over a manual wind Elgin movement with sub-second function, measures 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 3/4in., signed Elgin, case numbered #501489, movement numbered #1056459.

US$ 30,000 - 50,000
£ 23,000 - 38,000
PAT GARRETT'S POCKETWATCH, GIFT OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN.
Designed with a gold case engraved in a floral motif with a reclining woman, fitted with a white enamel dial over a manual wind Elgin movement with sub-second function, measures 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 3/4in., signed Elgin, case numbered #501489, movement numbered #1056459. Provenance: The citizens of Lincoln, NE to Sheriff Pat Garrett, in grateful appreciation for "bringing an end to the career of the robber and murderer, William H. Bonney (Billy the Kid) in 1881"; Pat Garrett to Dr. Theodore P. Bailey in Austin, TX, 1895, in payment of a small debt (notarized statement for both); Dr. Bailey to Amasa J. Parker, Jr., of Albany, NY for $300, August 3, 1915; acquired by antique dealer Ed. Duer, 1987, and consigned to Riba Mobley Auction Galleries of South Glastonbury, CT, November 7, 1987 (letter of Ed Duer dated March 25, 1988); sold at auction to Jim and Theresa Earle.

This remarkable pocket watch, with movement by Elgin and case by Dueber, was reputedly presented to legendary Sheriff Pat Garrett by the city of Lincoln for bringing Billy the Kid to justice. According the the 1915 statement accompanying the watch, Garrett presented it to Dr. Theodore P. Bailey in 1895 as payment for a small debt Garrett owed Bailey's father. The Bailey and Garrett families had known each other in Chambers County, Alabama, but it is not known what was the nature of the debt. In any case, Dr. Bailey kept the watch for 20 years before selling it to Amasa J. Parker, Jr., a New York state politician and the author of several books on criminal codes and legal proceedings. Parker, Jr., died in 1938, and it is not known who had the watch until 1987, when a picker brought it to Albany, NY antique dealer Ed Duer, who promptly consigned it to a small auction house in Connecticut, where it was purchased by Jim and Theresa Earle.
Documentation included with this lot includes Dr. Bailey's notarized statement from 1915; Ed Duer's letter from 1988; copies of Albany, NY directories from 1916 confirming that Dr. Bailey and Parker, Jr. were residents of the city during that period; biographies of Dr. Bailey and his father confirming both the Texas and Alabama connections.
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PAT GARRETT'S POCKETWATCH, GIFT OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN. Designed with a gold case engraved in a floral motif with a reclining woman, fitted with a white enamel dial over a manual wind Elgin movement with sub-second function, measures 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 3/4in., signed Elgin, case numbered #501489, movement numbered #1056459.
PAT GARRETT'S POCKETWATCH, GIFT OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN. Designed with a gold case engraved in a floral motif with a reclining woman, fitted with a white enamel dial over a manual wind Elgin movement with sub-second function, measures 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 3/4in., signed Elgin, case numbered #501489, movement numbered #1056459.
PAT GARRETT'S POCKETWATCH, GIFT OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN. Designed with a gold case engraved in a floral motif with a reclining woman, fitted with a white enamel dial over a manual wind Elgin movement with sub-second function, measures 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 3/4in., signed Elgin, case numbered #501489, movement numbered #1056459.
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