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Rev. David Rose's Pocket Watch

.. While Miss Louise (sic) Carman of South Haven was not in costume at church or at the tea, she had with her one of the most interesting articles in the collection. That was a watch which had belonged to her great-great-grandfather, "Priest" Rose, as David Rose, who was pastor of the South Haven church from 1766 to 1798, was known.

The watch is known as a "bull's eye," being almost spherical in shape, set in a detachable silver case, with the face much like a "bull's eye." The watch is unique in that it has a calendar hand, instead of a second hand, which points to numbers one to 31 on the rim of the dial. It also has figures one to 60 for the seconds, as well as Roman numerals for the hours. There is a story that Priest Rose dropped the watch in Little Neck run one day when he was riding horseback from the parsonage in Brookhaven to the church in South Haven. Although the watch was not found until the following day, it is said that it was still ticking, as the case was water-tight. The watch was made in London and the gold filigree work in the back is said to be a lost art among jewelers today.

Excerpted from Patchogue Advance, 9 Aug 1940, p. 12


Owner/SourceCurrent owner unknown
DatePhotograph 1942
File nameWatch_RevDavidRose_1736-1799_MissLouiseCarman_Photo-1942_800.jpg
File Size184.28k
Dimensions833 x 772
HeadlineRev. David Rose Watch
CaptionPhotographed 13 Mar 1942. Described as "belonging to Miss Louise Carman." From the papers of Dr. Frank Overton, Clerk of the Congregational Church of Patchogue and Suffolk County historian. Original photograph given to the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church, Brookhaven, NY on or about 10 April 2010; and currently in the archives of the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church.
2#025Hamlet People
2#025Rose, David
Linked toLouisa Bayles Carman, ^; Rev. David Rose, [ii] ^

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