The rectangular yellow gold case, embellished to the front with an enamelled maritime signal flag alphabet, monogrammed to the reverse with the initials WWA, signed Cartier and Dunhill, circa 1930, stamped 14k solid gold, U.S. PAT No.1022140 and ENGL. PAT No.143752. 14cm in length.
Aldrich, the son of Senator Nelson Aldrich would go on to become Chairman of Chase Bank and Ambassador to the Court of St. James, uncle to the five Rockefeller brothers. His many hobbies included music, watercolour painting and sailing. In 1930 he was the navigator in the successful defence of the America’s Cup race aboard Howard Vanderbilt’s J-Class yacht “Enterprise.” He was elected Commodore of the New York Yacht Club the following year.