Masonic Pocket Watch
I have a couple of general questions about a Masonic pocket watch that I inherited from my great grandfather.
He was a Mason in Rockford Illinois in the early 1900's. I have his silver token or coin from when he was made a Mason (entered, passed, raised), dated 1916.
The coin is attached to a gold chain and pocket watch. The pocket watch is a Keystone Watch Case, 15 jewel, J.Boss, 25 year.
The inscription on the face of the watch as well as the inscription on the inside of the watch reads A.H. Pike.
Could this have been Albert H. Pike's personal pocket watch? Or, would watches with his name on it be mass produced at the time and given to new Masons?
I can't answer this question. It might be helpful if you could send a few pictures of the pocket watch.
What I can tell you is that Albert Pike was born December 29, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts and died April 2, 1891 at the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C..
A lawyer by trade, he was a well traveled man and lived in several different places during his life, (Little Rock, AR, New Orleans, LA, Memphis, TN) however to my knowledge, Illinois was not one of them.
Thanks for writing. Does anyone else have any information they might be able to share about a Masonic pockets watch of this description?