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N.C. Clauson Pocket Watch

Object Number: R17225

In the book Redland Museum – The First 30 Years mention was made of a very significant tall clock made by a Brisbane man, George Clauson, in 1897. The making of this clock was to establish apprentice George as a competent tradesman. George was apprenticed to his father Nils Clauson, who at that time was the only recorded clockmaker in Brisbane.

Redland Museum has since obtained another significant piece of work by the Clauson family. This beautiful pocket watch was made by Nils Clauson in Denmark, to complete his apprenticeship as a clockmaker. There is no date recorded, but it was probably made in the early 1860s when Nils was a young man, and before he emigrated to Queensland.  The watch is inscribed with the notation “N. C. Clausen, Frederikshavn”. The watch became a family heirloom, passed to the youngest son.  It was donated to our collection by Paul Clauson, great-grandson of the maker, in 2019.