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Skull Form Watch

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Skull Form Watch

Date: 1725-1750
Medium: Silver
Dimensions:
52.4 x 41.3 x 31.8 mm
Markings: Pendant: French eagle control mark
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Thomas R. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 272
Label Text
The fashion for skull-shaped watches in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries reflects an interest in memento mori, which means "remember you must die." This form was intended to remind wearers of their mortality, an appropriate collateral function, perhaps, for an artifact whose main purpose is to tick away the passing time.