The first two images are cartes de visite (CDVs). The first is of a gentleman of the Civil War era who wears a single vest chain attached to a buttonhole at one end and a watch which would be in a pocket which is not visible – photographer unknown. The second CDV (hand-coloured) depicts a gentleman in full military uniform with a probable gold watch chain on his jacket. The photographer is G. Koch of Ludwigsburg (Germany) and would date to c1870s. The third image is a standard photograph of an American soldier with a complex chain at his waist and a probable watch in a watch pocket (WWI). The next is a postcard that appears to depict a WWI Royal Russian soldier who wears a prominent wristwatch. The back shows the faint outline of an unused postcard with extensive scribble. Lastly is a postcard from the studio of J. Sarkangalw showing a seated military man (Russian) wearing a large prominent wristwatch. On the back is a personal message. The use of wristwatches by military personnel eventually made this type of watch wearing socially acceptable to the stage that it is now virtually the ubiquitous method. It was obviously more practical for people at wartime to have the watch available for viewing at the wrist rather than in a pocket. The condition of all is good for age with some fading and scuffing.
Combined weight 16 grams. Four of these images appear in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 201. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $21.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Group of Five Fascinating Images featuring Military Gentlemen Showing the Progression of Watch-Wearing, Mid-19th- Early 20th Century
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