This important E. Howard & Co., Boston, presentation watch was given to Major General A. S. Roberts by the Texas Volunteer Guard commemorating his retirement, July 1, 1895, having joined the Volunteer Guard, forerunner of the Texas National Guard as a Lieutenant in its first year, 1870. This watch was the highest grade timepiece made during the era. Only the very wealthy could have afforded a watch of this quality. Personalized dials were extremely rare. This unique and perfect dial is O’Hara style with the words Major General and it is further personalized with a beautiful blue center and what appears to be the seal of the state of Texas from that time. The original heavy 14k case shows little wear and has no dents or dings. It is a multi-color gold box hinge case, N size, Deer grade (highest quality). The back cover features crossed sabers, bayonet mounted carbines, two Major General insignias, as well as laurels matching those on the dial. The General’s 3-letter monogram is intricately engraved on the front cover. This is a magnificent piece of Texas history and a stunningly beautiful, quality Howard pocket watch…one of the finest made.
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