Pocket Watch

Collection Type

  • Clocks and timekeeping

Date

ca. 1830

GUSN

GUSN-102795

Description

This gold watch consists of a gold face with an engraved image and an elaborately enameled case. The face depicts a shoreline with two large buildings or chateaux, their images reflected in the water below. There are two boats on the water and the near shoreline has treets and bushes visible. The hours are depicted in Roman numerals inside an embossed line and under a clear crystal. The case is elaborately engraved and enameled in repeating and intricately intertwined floral scrolls enameled in a deep blue. The top of the case has a thumb lock and ring for suspension on a chain.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pocket watches
watches
gold (metal)
enamel (fused coating)
engraving (action)
crystal (lead glass)
Watch, Pocket

Label

"Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England": When Grace Gilbert turned twelve in 1875 her grandmother gave her this watch, a family heirloom that may have belonged to her aunt Elizabeth, whose baby portrait and rattle are also on view.

Inscription

"ECHAPPEMENT/A CYLINDRE EN PIERRE/HUIT TROUS EN RUBIS" (engraving)

Additional Identification Number

2247

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

France; Switzerland

Dimensions

2 1/4 x 1 5/8 x 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Grace Gilbert

Accession Number

1932.226

Places

Possibly
Possibly