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Watch, pocket [Thomas Francis Quilter]; unknown maker; 1890-1920; MT2015.19.6

Watch, pocket [Thomas Francis Quilter]; unknown maker; 1890-1920; MT2015.19.6
Watch, pocket [Thomas Francis Quilter]
About this object
Watch; pocket. This sterling silver watch belonged to Thomas Francis Quilter.

Thomas Francis Quilter established Quilters Cordial Factory in Mataura in c.1907 Thomas was born in Waitahuna and his first career was as a gold miner. He prospected at Waipori where he took out a patent for a hydraulic dredge. Thomas came to Mataura in the early 1900s after losing an arm while working the dredge. He opened a fruit and confectionery shop for a few years before extending the business to include the manufacture of cordials which were sold throughout Southland.

Thomas died in 1935 leaving a widow, 2 daughters and 5 sons. A son, John Philip continued the business until 1940 when he enlisted to serve in World War Two. Another son James, managed the business until 1946 when the business wound up due to wartime rationing of sugar.

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Medium and Materials
processed material, metal, silver
dia 50mm

Subject and Association Keywords
domestic accessories
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From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.
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