Confederate Colonel’s Watches, ca. 1860
The closest watch is a commemorative watch that Henry King Burgwyn's mother had commissioned after the war. She was devoted to her son and heartbroken when he was killed.
He fought in the Civil War, then?
He did. He was commissioned in the Confederate Army and rose to the rank of full colonel at the age of 21. He's affectionately known as the Boy Colonel of the Confederacy. He commanded the 26th regiment that went to battle in Gettysburg. The 26th suffered great, great casualties, including the Boy Colonel. And he fell, leading his men, holding the flag. I will add his men absolutely loved him. As they laid the Colonel down and opened his vest, the watch-- this watch-- was exposed.
And I know there's an inscription on the other side. We should take a look at that. And that commemorates his bravery at the Battle of Gettysburg.
These two watches are the sorts of watches that you would see carried during the Civil War, and there is much interest among people to find a watch that was actually used during the Civil War. The first one is English, and it's made by a London maker by the name of Fraudschen, who was one of the best makers of watches in England at the time. So it was a very fine watch when it was new. The second watch is not English. But because it has the enamel portrait on it, we know it's Swiss. The Swiss were very, very good at doing enamel painting. It's one of the earliest watches that you would find that you could actually wind without a key. So these watches were state of the art, they were expensive watches when they were new. It's very hard to put a number on these. As an auctioneer, I would estimate the first gold watch is worth perhaps $2,500. The other Swiss watch, it's a beautiful enamel, as an auction presale estimate, it's possibly worth about $3,500. It is a real dilemma to decide how much the story increases the value of the watch. To a person who is interested in the period, the regiment, the Battle of Gettysburg, I would say perhaps it would multiply the value. We might value the first watch at about $10,000 and the other watch at about $15,000.
Wow, that's good.
Executive producer Marsha Bemko shares her tips for getting the most out of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.
Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."
Note the date: Take note of the date the appraisal was recorded. This information appears in the upper left corner of the page, with the label "Appraised On." Values change over time according to market forces, so the current value of the item could be higher, lower, or the same as when our expert first appraised it.
Context is key: Listen carefully. Most of our experts will give appraisal values in context. For example, you'll often hear them say what an item is worth "at auction," or "retail," or "for insurance purposes" (replacement value). Retail prices are different from wholesale prices. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail. As a rule, however, retail and insurance/replacement values are about the same.
Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object.
Opinion of value: As with all appraisals, the verbal approximations of value given at ROADSHOW events are our experts' opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectibles, market trends, and other factors. Although our valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can, and sometimes do, vary among experts.
Appraiser affiliations: Finally, the affiliation of the appraiser may have changed since the appraisal was recorded. To see current contact information for an appraiser in the ROADSHOW Archive, click on the link below the appraiser's picture. Our Appraiser Index also contains a complete list of active ROADSHOW appraisers and their contact details and biographies.
Last Tango in Halifax
Enjoy the third season of this award-winning series that celebrates life and love