Lot 499: 18K Gold Presentation Pocketwatch
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Steamboat Natchez Captain Thomas P. Leathers' 18K Gold Presentation Pocketwatch, c. 1875, engraved "Cha. H. Grosclaude/Fleurier, Switzerland/Eight Days Running/Ind.p.t. Full & Quarter Seconds/40 Ruby Jewels/ Ben Roach to T.P. Leathers",outer case engraved with trotter horse racing and duck hunting scenes; the crown set with mine-cut diamond, dial set with dual-time dials; the outer ring with sweep second hand, leather fob, case dia. 2 1/2 in Provenance: Descended in the Leathers family. The "Ben Roach" who presented this watch was almost certainly Benjamin Roach (1812-1986), a wealthy planter and merchant in Carrollton, Mississippi. Note: Thomas Paul Leathers (1816-1896) was probably the most famous Mississippi steamboat captain in the golden age, having won the famous race against the Robet E. Lee in 1870, immortalized in the iconic Currier & Ives print.