May Antique Auction

14K DUDLEY FREEMASON MASONIC THEME 19 JEWEL WATCH

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Start price: $10

Estimated price: $4,000 - $6,000

Buyer's premium: 23%

Logo 14K DUDLEY FREEMASON MASONIC THEME 19 JEWEL WATCH

Personal watch belonging to NAWCC President & prominent Freemason Willis Raymond Michael. Michael was in many leadership positions culminating in Grand Sovereign of the Grand Imperial Council, Empire of the East. Watch was made by the Dudley Watch Co, Lancaster, PA. Movement is decorated with Masonic symbols including Square & Compass, and All-Seeing Eye. in the rear plate with gilded detail. 19 jewels, number 1086, manual winding. with ornate bezel. Silver tone metal dial with Arabic numerals and seconds dial.
Inside back reads: Presented to Willis Raymond Michael 33° by John Lowry Ruth 33° July 11-1944 and marked 986.391 14K.
Includes gold rope watch chain, engraved penknife, and Masonic fob with double-eagle, sphinx over horns and black enamel bars that reverse to winged globe that hinges to reveal letters in a circle.

Mr. Dudley was a member of the fraternal society of Freemasons, and as a watchmaker, he’d seen and repaired watches made by Morris Tobias, an English Freemason from the early 19th century, who occasionally produced watches with Masonic emblems worked into the designs of the balance cocks. Inspired by the work of Tobias, Mr. Dudley began working on designs for a Masonic watch of his own, and by 1918, he’d settled on a design with the various bridges made in the shape of the “working tools” of the fraternity.
The owner of this Dudley watch, Willis Michael, trained as tool-and-die maker, worked on the development of Dudley Masonic watch and had a successful specialized tool-and-die company in York, PA.

This sale also includes another Dudley open face Pocket watch with a sparkling rayed pattern dial with Arabic numerals & seconds dial.

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