The inscription engraved inside the cover of this Tiffany and Company pocket watch reads "From your devoted friend Pembroke Jones." Jones was a wealthy Southern merchant and financier who Henry met in Wilmington, North Carolina in the 1890s. The two men became close friends, sharing a common interest in sailing. The case of the watch, made of red gold, is decorated with Henry's initials in white and yellow gold. It would have been worn on a chain like the one threaded through Henry's waistcoat button-hole. In 1922, three years after Jones died, his widow, Sadie, married Henry.
Pembroke Jones [date and mode of aquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, New York, [date of acquisition unknown] by gift; Jean Edgell [date of acquisition unknown] by gift; Elizabeth Edgell [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2011, by gift.
[Monogram] On outside cover: HW; [Dedication] On interior cover: From your devoted friend Pembroke Jones; [Number] On interior cover: 16463
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walters Edgell, 2011