Posted 4 years ago
My late husband collected Cotton Belt Route memorabilia, and was also an engineer for the company for 20+ years or so. He purchased this â€śinvestmentâ€ť of an antique pocket watch with numerous engravings. On one side of the watch was engraved â€śCapt Samuel W. Fordyceâ€ť. On another side of the watch is the Cotton Belt logo, along with â€śSt. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railroad Companyâ€ť. I know that he officially became president of the railroad company on this date of May 1, 1886. It is also the anniversary of his marriage to Susan Chadwick, his wife. Iâ€™ve been able to date the serial number of the watch as manufactured by the Illinois Watch company in 1887, give or take a year or so. Iâ€™m fairly certain the watch is authentic, but I donâ€™t know who gave him the watch. There is also a Morgan Dollar attached to the collection; one side is the normal Morgan Dollar eagle and the other side has the Cotton Belt Route logo and the St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railroad Company engraved on it. Iâ€™m still searching for information about who gave Fordyce the watch.
I also know it is a size 18, 11 jewels and made by Illinois Watch Company. Itâ€™s a pretty cool collection I think!