Submitted by jays on 28 January 2014 - 4:17pm

This pocket watch carries the monogram ESR for Edwin Stephen Rouse (1849-1931). It also carries a London silver hallmark with a date letter for 1864. At that time Edwin Stephen was just fifteen years old and had recently inherited Rouse Hill House, the Rouse family property established in 1813 by his grandfather Richard Rouse in the Parramatta district of New South Wales. Edwin Stephen, his siblings, and his parents Edwin and Hannah Rouse, had been living at Rouse Hill House since late 1855. Although the watch has a London hallmark it also has a local Australian maker’s name on the dial: ‘T. Jones, Sydney’. T. Jones was Timothy Tillotson Jones (1819-1897), a goldsmith and jeweller born in Islington, London, where his father was also a jeweller. He emigrated to New South Wales in the mid-1850s with his wife Bathsheba and young family and established a business in George Street, Sydney, which in due course became T.T. Jones & Sons, watch and clockmakers.

Photograph: Greg Weight, 2013
Rouse Hill House & Farm
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