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Form Watch

Date: 1875-1900
Medium: Oxidized silver, gold, enamel, steel
Dimensions:
38.1 x 31.8 x 19.1 mm
Signed:
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Frederick T. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 1023.35
Label Text
This watch, in the form of a valise, was meant to be used as a locket and may have once been part of a chatelaine. It is made of oxidized silver that has been worked to replicate the texture and appearance of a woven basket. Inside the front cover, a gold frame with glass is set into velvet to hold either a photograph or a lock of hair.

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This watch, also meant to be used as a locket, is in the form of a valise and may have once been part of a chatelaine. It is made of oxidized silver that has been worked to replicate the texture and appearance of a woven basket. Gold straps with buckles, a handle, and fittings complete the valise theme. When opened, the inside of the front lid is fitted with a gold frame and glass set into velvet to accommodate either a photograph or a lock of hair. This small frame faces a dial set into a lozenge with applied gold scroll motifs at each of the corners. The back lid opens to enable the wearer to wind the watch and set the time through apertures on the cuvette.