Condition Report For Lot# 601 :
CASE: Fine scratches on outer surface of case; Scratches on dome; Minor split between dome and band, near pendant; Back cover hinge sticky; Precious metal content tested (chain) ; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Dial with minor scuffs and scratches. HANDS: A few specks of oxide. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor scratches on plate; Bright work with scattered specks of oxide; Balance cock screw with specks of oxide; Specks of dirt / dust. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Not running, will tick briefly, needs service. Cutlery box with scuffs, splits and minor losses, set incomplete. The American Civil War disrupted cotton supplies to manufacturers of woven goods, which resulted in the widespread unemployment and deprivation among Irish weavers and their families. Alarmed at the condition of the workforce, a group of concerned citizens established a relief fund to provide for these distressed individuals. Having heard of the conditions in his native Lisburn, Ireland, the New York dry goods merchant and entrepreneur Alexander Turney Stewart chartered the barque Mary Edson, under the command of Captain Moses Nickerson, to sail with a cargo of provisions to aid in the relief effort. He also requested passage for weavers and their families to the United States on the return trip; 136 passengers took advantage of the opportunity. For a more detailed account of the cotton famine and its effect on the weavers, see http: // 2004/the_plight_of_the_cotton_weavers.html