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Form Watch

Date: c. 1820
Medium: Gold, half-pearls, enamel, steel, silver
Dimensions:
39.7 x 38.1 x 9.5 mm
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Thomas R. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 358
Label Text
Since animals were not a common motif on early nineteenth-century form watches, this watch in the form of a lamb may have been made especially for a young person.


Text Entries
Animals were not a common motif on early nineteenth-century form watches. This watch in the shape of a lamb may have been made specially for a young person. The lamb is depicted resting, its body executed in painted enamel to resemble the actual fleece of the animal, with blue flowers at its feet. Half-pearls form the collar encircling both sides of the lamb’s neck, the leash attached to the collar, and the framing on the bottom of the case. The reverse shows the backside of the animal and a straw hat filled with fruits and flowers at its feet. The watch retains its original fitted box.