Watch of Clyde Barrow coming up for auction

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Watch of Clyde Barrow coming up for auction

New postby John Johnson » Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:27 pm

This is interesting. IT is a Elgin 16size 17 jewel Grade 387 in a gold filled case.


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Clyde Barrow
Clyde Barrow's Watch Recovered From His Body
Clyde Barrow’s pocket watch recovered from his body on the morning of May 23, 1934, after being mortally wounded by Captain Frank Hamer and other peace officers. The Elgin pocket watch, serial number 28683536, with a Wadsworth 10 Karat gold filled screw-back case, manufactured in 1925. Watch measures 1.75? in diameter. Accompanied by a copy of a 1997 notarized letter from Marie Barrow, Clyde Barrow’s sister, which reads, in part: “The Elgin Pocket Watch…belonged to my brother Clyde Barrow and was being worn by him on the morning of May 23, 1934, when he and Bonnie Parker were killed by Captain Frank Hamer and the other Peace Officers under his command. On hearing of the death of my brother, my father, Henry Barrow, went to Arcadia, Louisiana, to accompany the body of his son back to Dallas. Among Clyde’s personal effects given to my father was the watch described above. In memory of his son, he wore this watch until his death on June 19, 1957.” Provenance: Butterfield and Butterfield 1997.


The September 2012 Specialty Auction closes on Sunday September 30, 2012

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Re: Watch of Clyde Barrow coming up for auction

New postby veritas » Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:55 pm

Thanks John for posting this, i never knew his watch was recovered. i would imagine it would sell quite high though.Hope someone can post here after and tell us how much it sold for. Out of curiousity i wonder if Bonnie,s watch is still around.
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Re: Watch of Clyde Barrow coming up for auction

New postby Marty101 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:21 pm

Whoa! John,I saw this post and didn't quite make the connection until now,a few days later-Bonnie &Clyde!!
This would be one cool watch to own;I'm not often into the history of these but I'm willing to make an exception. Sure looks in good shape;doesn't look like the Barrow men carried it long,no bullet holes,might need a cleaning being around all that dirty money though... :lol:
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Re: Watch of Clyde Barrow coming up for auction

New postby John Johnson » Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:47 pm

Odds are very good that Mr. Barrow lifted this fine watch from one of the men that they kidnapped. They kidnapped several individuals including couples. I seriously doubt he went into a jewelry store and purchased it. All of their effects were split up among the 6 man possie that killed them in cold blood. There were dozens and dozens of weapons and over 1000s clips of ammo recovered.
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