Skeletonized movement may have once been exposed with glass cover; Roman numerals, porcelain face; 1 replaced hand (fleur de lis); 18K gold case; brass inner case; Swiss quality flat hair spring; 14 jewel movement; Key watch with lid, key missing. White dial with Roman numerals. Engraved monogram on front cover with initials "A L'. Case no. : 1766 (Both the case and movement are numbered 1766).
AL; In commemoration/Year 1861/State Journal of Springfield, ILL; OD/18/ Pat Lever/Full Jewelled
The Illinois State Journal, a staunch Republican newspaper in Springfield that had backed his candidacy, presented this elegant gold watch to president-elect Abraham Lincoln upon his departure for Washington, D.C. in February 1861 ; the watch's front cover is engraved with his initials.