It has been said that these cases were made in railway workshops in the Victorian era for train drivers or firemen to protect their watches while they were working. This example is made of brass and is quite solid and has a simple hinged lid with an ‘E’ stamped into the lid. When opened, there is a felt lining on one side for the watch. The T-bar would have been to hold the chain well attached to a buttonhole and the chain would have allowed the item to be placed in a roomy pocket. The condition is good for age with some dents but it is intact. Diameter just over 2.5 ins (6.8cm). It would easily hold a watch of 2.25 ins (5.8cm) diameter. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 202.
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