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Object Detail


An engraved silver pocket watch complete with chain and brass key. " PRESENTED / TO / Sergt Major Oldfield / BY THE NON COMD. OFFICERS / AND CONSTABLES / OF PUKEARUHE / STATION / TARANAKI / AS A MARK OF THEIR / ESTEEM " is elaborately engraved on the reverse of the movement. " B CLARKE & Co. / LONDON / 40716 " is written on the white face of the movement. The face is covered in glass and it also features a small seconds dial. " R J P " is stamped on the underside of the lid of the case and there are various makers marks stamped on it as well.
Media/Materials
Production Date
Circa 1870s
Subject Category
Subject Person
Credit Line
This watch was presented to Sergeant Major Thomas Oldfield during the 1870s. After leaving the Armed Constabluary he ran a drapery shop in New Plymouth before selling out and dabbling in various Taranaki Ironsand ventures before becoming a surveyor. He died suddenly of natural causes in October 1902 while leading a Government survey party along the Rawhitiroa Road, near the headwaters of the Waitotara River, south Taranaki.
Accession No
PA2008.108

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