Pocket watch with winding key

(Gift of Dorothy Carvalho)

Silver workman’s key-wind pocket watch, manufactured by the American Watch Company between 1890 and 1910 and owned by Antone Carvalho. Watch has a leather strap with key, two bottom hinges to open face, and top strap loop, white face with black roman numerals and a “seconds” dial, on face. Inscription on watch says “Am Watch Co., Waltham.” This was a classic workman’s watch and was common among the loggers and mill workers in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. 

Antone Carvalho was born in the Azore Islands in 1864. He came to the United States when he was a boy and became a US citizen in San Francisco in 1894. Antone was a lumberman along the Mendocino coast.

How Mendocino Evolved by Chuck Bush – A Kelley House Museum publication covering the history of Mendocino and coastal growth during the logging years. $15.