Carl F. Lomb watch
Scope and Contents
The Carl F. Lomb watch is a Gents 18K yellow gold pocket watch. The pocket watch, made by Charles E. Jacot, has a hunting case with a spring wound 30 Jewel movement. The inside back cover is engraved with the watch maker, and the town of Chaux de Fonds, in Switzerland.
The white enamel dial has Roman numeral markers with a second hand dial, and an image of Caroline Bausch Lomb, first daughter of John Jacob Bausch, of Bausch & Lomb in Rochester, New York at the twelve o'clock marker on the dial. It is believed that Caroline gave the watch as a gift to her husband Carl Lomb at the time of their marriage in 1879.
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Biographical / Historical
Carl Ferdinand Lomb was born in Germany in 1854 and came to the United States in 1873. Due to economic instability at the time, Carl went to work temporarily for his cousin Captain Henry Lomb at the Bausch & Lomb Company in Rochester, NY. In 1879, he married Carrie Bausch, eldest daughter of J.J. Bausch, president of the Bausch and Lomb Optical Company. They had no children of their own. In 1882, Carl Lomb was appointed Secretary of the Bausch and Lomb Company, and in 1888 he became head, taking charge of company affairs. In 1891, he became a trustee of the company.
In 1910, Mr. Lomb was invited to become a member of the Board of Directors of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RAMI). He welcomed the opportunity to render a service to an institution that valued systematic training for one's life work. In 1916, he was made the President of the Board of Directors of RAMI and remained in that position for 22 years. He died at his home in Rochester in 1939 at the age of 84.
Caroline and Carl Lomb lived at 597 East Avenue at the corner of Goodman Street. Carrie, as she was called, died on October 3, 1929, only a few weeks before what would have been her golden wedding anniversary. He died in 1939.
1 Item(s) (Small lid box)
The Carl F Lomb watch is an 18K yellow gold pocket watch. Carl Lomb was a member of the board of directors of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute from 1910 until 1916, when he became President of the board. He remained in that position for 23 years. It is believed the watch was given to Carl Lomb by his bride Caroline Bausch Lomb at the time of their marriage in 1879.
The collection consists of a single item.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The watch was donated by John Taylor, a descendent of Carl Lomb. Accession number(s): 10:69
- An article written by RIT Archivist, Becky Simmons on the watch appeared in the RIT University Magazine, Fall 2010.
- Our Master Builders: Carl Ferdinand Lomb, located at RIT F 129.R753L6 in the RIT Archives.
- All of us : a biographical history of John Jacob Bausch and his descendants from 1830 to 1978 written and compiled by Ann Taylor Wendt.
Watch is in excellent condition and still in working order.
Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in September 2011.
- Carl F Lomb watch
- RIT Archives
- Jody Sidlauskas
- 27 September 2011
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