half-repeater keyless fusee, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial, engraved circular-shaped case with double front lid inscribed Cheris L'Espoir on blue enamel ribbon, highlighted to the centre with a lion motif enhanced with rose-cut diamonds and cabochon rubies, reverse set to the centre with the initial TC highlighted with rose-cut diamonds, signed case, dial and movement
During the gold rush of the late 1860's, Tom Cherry became a founding owner of the Morning Star Mine at Wood's Point.
Business proved to be successful and Cherry became very wealthy. As a result, he was able to place a special order for a pocket watch and have the initials TC inscribed on the case.
His good fortune did not last and in order to purchase the necessities of life Cherry had to hand over the watch to Denis O'Brien, a fellow prospector, as security for a loan. Cherry was never able to redeem the watch and died a pauper.
Denis O'Brien emigrated from County Tipperary, Ireland in 1861 and was immediately caught up in the gold fever raging across the State of Victoria.
In 1866, O'Brien decided to leave the gold fields and settle down. Upon hearing that land had become available on the river flats of Cowwarr, he made his purchase and called the new property 'Pine Grove', expanding his landholdings and establishing stables for his passion, race horses. In 1886, O'Brien purchased a young colt, Carbine, which he kept for two years before selling the horse. Carbine then went on to win the Melbourne Cup in 1890.
Denis O'Brien died in 1921 at the age of 84.
Thence by descent to present owner.
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