This gorgeous little watch form vinaigrette is of 14ct gold with a citrine cover over the intricately perforated and decorated grille – so the grille is visible from the outside. The appearance of a small watch is enhanced by a large and attractive bow. The piece is opened by pressing a thumb-push in the bow to reveal a beautifully pierced and engraved grille decorated with a flower and foliage. This can be lifted (being also hinged) to reveal a space for a soaked wad of either perfume or aromatic reviver. This dear little piece could have been worn on a neck chain or on a chatelaine and could be worn today as an attractive pendant on a necklace. The condition is very good for age with some staining of the inside of the lid which may be possible to be cleaned but is otherwise in excellent condition and it closes with a satisfying snap. This would be a beautiful addition to any collection of vinaigrettes, objet de vertu or of form items (particularly those items that look like a watch). Height 1.25 ins (3cm), diameter 0.75 ins (2cm). Weight 4 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "How the Watch was Worn - A Fashion for 500 Years", on page 213.
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