This very rare gutta percha/thermoplastic presentation case for a watch would have been given to a very important person. It may also have been used to protect and preserve a watch when it was not in use. Made in the same style and motif as the daguerreotype/ambrotype cases which housed the images of the time, this is one of the rare cases made especially for non-photographic purposes. There is a velvet interior made for a watch with a notch in the ring for the winder. The case has a silk pad on the inside of the lid. The front of the case features a design of a watch in the centre with a vest chain on each side – one with a swivel and one with a watch hook. The condition is excellent for age. This would make a lovely addition to a collection of thermoplastic items. It would also be of interest to those who collect watches or items related to pocket watches. Width 3.5 ins (9cm) x height 4 ins. (10.1cm). Weight 100 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 226.
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