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Pair-case Watch

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Pair-case Watch

Date: 1702-1730
Medium: Gold, enamel
63.5 x 50.8 x 34.9 mm
Markings: Movement: "THO TOMPION, EDW BANDGER, LONDON, 3391" Inner case: : London HM 1702, cm incuse "WS, 3391" Outer case: Lion passant on bezel Dial: "TOMPION, BANGER, LONDON"
Credit Line: Proctor Collection, Frederick T. Proctor Watch Collection
Object number: PC. 217
Label Text
Watches and jewelry are frequently modernized to conform to current fashion. Here, to update a watch, the movement was mounted in a later case.

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Watches and jewelry are two forms of the decorative arts that are frequently modernized to conform to current fashions. An earlier watch movement might be updated by mounting it into a later case, a trend this watch exemplifies.(1)

The outer case is repousse chased with a pastoral scene of a woman playing a lute. She is shown sitting on a bench adjacent to a wall with an urn on its end post. To her right is a man gazing adoringly at her. The background is stippled to give contrast to the shiny gold scene, which is surrounded by an asymmetrical border of scrolls, shells, and flowers. The watch dial is finished in a matte gold with signature cartouches in the center, the cartouches bordered by scrolls and swags with two putti.

This watch retains its watch paper, which watchmakers inserted inside the outer case both to give the watch a firmer fit and to serve as an advertisement. Presumably this paper was placed there by the watchmaker who either repaired or sold the watch. It reads, “T. Woodward, Watch & Clock Makers & Working Jeweller, 18 East, Chichester, Geneva. Watches, Clocks & Jewelry repaired.”

1. The inner, plain case enclosing the movement is dated 1702, while the outer case was clearly made several decades later.