I have been researching the life of one of my ancestors - a Henry Edward Smith. He has been an elusive character so far (and perhaps a colourful one as well)….which brings me to my query.
I have come across an extract from the New South Wales Police Gazette 25 November 1874 - ‘Lost or stolen, on the night of the 12th instant, from the person of Henry Edward Smith, whilst drunk and asleep at Wagga Wagga – A silver lever hunting watch, No. 35426, maker’s name, “Edwards, London.” Identifiable.’
I was intrigued by the amount of detail that the entry contains about the watch. It is as if Henry Edward Smith had held details of the watch elsewhere and that it was of value to him – whether sentimental or otherwise.
Can anyone help me with more details about this watch, place it in the context of the era, and if possible what type of person would own this sort of watch?