Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann
This piece a Joseph Meatyard Pocket Watch From John Mann has always been one of my favorite things in my antique lure collection. Yes, Yes I know its not a lure, but it is to me an equal to most every lure in my collection. Ive always been a antique collector even prior to being hooked by the antique lure hobby.
I was drug around from barn to attic, to antique show to county fairs in central NY and New England as a child. My mother, a self taught, semi-profesional Mission Arts and Crafts and Pottery “picker” whos keen eye in the mid to late 80s put many miles on the family suburban. Her perserveance and keen eye not only supplied a stickly store front on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC, it supplied many advanced collectors key early pottery pieces from makers such as Newcomb, Rookwood, Weller, Fulper and many more. I said all that to say Ive come to love many things, even as a child using my cigar box moneies at garage sales for baseball cards to little big books to Currier and Ives prints. I can only imagine what I would have dug up had I been a lure collector during my life in upstate NY in the 70s and 80s.
Through out my lure collecting history Ive had many pieces come and go through my hands, if but just for a moment to enjoy. The pieces that have meant the most have come with a story, sometimes the story was told, and other times it has been my job to find it, write it and tell the story about it. This 9 Jewel pocket watch is one of those items. It came with a story, or at least a partial one told and written, and it would be the article below I found over a decade ago that would tell its story. The article would expound upon and make sense to the mystery of who Joseph Meatyard was, and what was his relation to antique lure maker John H Mann of Syracuse NY.
The inscription reads “Presented to Joseph Meatyard, for faithful services rendered. John H Mann”