Lot 211: Bat Masterson
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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