Featured Nun’s Elgin Pocket Watch 1902 ❤️Maven

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  1. antique watch present.

    This is a 1902 Elgin pocket watch, sterling silver. The watch has not been restored, it has been kept in it’s original antique condition, the watch winds, and works. The case is hand-engraved, and there is also an engraved inscription denoting the day it was gifted to the Sister (Christmas day 1902). ❤️Maven

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  2. KSW

    KSW Well-Known Member

    You have been gifted some wonderful things to treasure. Just a thought but you could add a lovely watch chain with an fob with an inscription relating to when it was gifted to you so the history carries on?.
    I know nothing about watches but could be worth getting assessed to see if it needs a service before running it? Apologies you certainly already know that but it is so special I needed to say it!.
  3. @KSW Thank You, I am most certainly taking it to a watch specialist for a good assessment. I was thinking the same thing about the watch chain & engraved pennant, so my history as a Sister is included in the history of this beautiful watch. I will treasure this very much. ❤Maven
  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Is this gifting a normal activity.....or has everyone there fallen for you...the way we have here !! :playful::playful::playful:

    Use it well !!:happy:
  5. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

  6. @daveydempsey I will keep an eye out for these characters. ❤️Maven
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  7. @komokwa You are very kind to say. ❤️Maven
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  8. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    It's a beautiful watch in beautiful condition, Maven. As you said it winds and works, if it keeps accurate time, I would not bring it around to anyone to clean it. I have never had good results from cleanings and twice, parts were removed from my watches and replaced with cheaper parts. Even my favorite jeweler's watch repairer made a mess of a perfectly good watch. I guess I just haven't had good luck with this matter, so I caution you.. ❤️
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  9. I will take the cautionary route, I won’t have any unnecessary work done to it, it shall stay the way it is. @antidiem Thank You for sharing that with me. Thus far, this watch has kept a fairly accurate time, not perfect, but considering it’s age and life of telling time, amazing, I simply couldn’t ask for more. ❤️Maven
  10. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    Having had Nuns in my family, I am compelled to ask...was this really given to a Catholic Nun or was it given as a gift to someone's sister? It's really very ornate for a Nun. Do you have provenance that it was given to a Nun?
  11. @Bev aka thelmasstuff I have no formal documentation of notarization. I do however have the verbal story, from the person of faith/vocation in which it was given through that I take with very much certainty, and belief that it is certainly the watches background.❤️Maven
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  12. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    Wow. I guess whatever house she belonged to was less strict
  13. That is very much a possibility. ❤️Maven
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  15. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Maybe the original giver thought-
    There is always TIME for God. :)
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  16. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    So relieved to hear this. Whenever my "antenna" begins to wave wildly, I know there's something dreadful to evolve! So relieved. I could cry for my old watches.. :sorry:
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  18. Bev aka thelmasstuff

    Bev aka thelmasstuff Colored pencil artist extraordinaire ;)

    All I know is my g-g-aunt's rosary was even plain wood. She wouldn't have been allowed to keep a watch like that. I don't know what convent she belonged to. I have a photo of my grandmother as a child with all the other girls who lived at the convent. Families often sent their girls to live at the convent and go to school there until they were old enough to either work or marry. My mother was born in 1909 and she was sent there until she was 10 or 12. She said it was very strict. I had a great-uncle who was a priest, too. It was quite common in French Canadian families for at least one girl to become a nun and one boy to become a priest or a brother.
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  19. @Bev aka thelmasstuff Thank You for sharing a little of your family religious history, and taking the time to do so, most interesting. I am the first of my intended vocation in my family history, although, I do come from a line of ancestors who were very devout, I am the first to answer the call of faith to this level, as an Apostolic Sister. ❤️Maven
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  20. In reading some of the early history of my order of Sisters, that I was very kindly provided with, without giving away too much.....They arrived in Canada in 1902, at that time, many of them Ukrainian, Polish and German decent. They were here to serve the ever more demanding needs, and religious requests of the European immigrant population. The task was very daunting in the early years, as those in bigger centres were easy to facilitate, it was the more outlying communities that truly required help. These communities often isolated, and spread far apart often didn’t have churches, the time, or means to build them, as their commitment to the land bore precedence (In some cases, some churches were constructed of scrap wood and other of materials of the surrounding terrain). The Sisters commitment to serve grew more effective and began to flourish with more funding post World War One. There of course, is much more detail in the early history, but a very interesting, incredible, and inspiring legacy indeed. ❤️Maven
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