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Item 211 - Bat Masterson Catalog 479 (Jul 2016)

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Estimate: $15,000.00 +
Sold Price: $15,893.15 (includes buyer's premium)


Bat Masterson’s personally-owned Elgin pocket watch, measuring 2.25″ in diameter, engraved inside, “To W. B. Bat Masterson, from the Citizens of Ford Co.” The face reads, “Elgin Nat’l Watch Co.” and bears roman numerals, with a second hand inset at the bottom. The inside cover of the case is stamped, “Fahy’s, Coin, No. 1, B7036.” Includes a winding key that fits the watch. In fine condition. Originally purchased at the estate sale of Charlie E. Stup in December 1985. Accompanied by a packet of extensive research material. In the summer of 1885, Masterson was voted the ‘most popular man in Dodge City’ at a fourth of July event. According to contemporary news reports he received a gold watch chain and a gold-headed cane; these were perhaps later followed by this custom-engraved pocket watch. A watch chain is visible in several of Masterson’s portraits, but the actual pocket watch remains unseen. Clearly a great honor from the people of Ford County—the home of Masterson’s infamous Dodge City—this is a simply stunning personal piece from the famed lawman.

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