This shaped treen pocketwatch holder has patterned carving on the top and further linear grooves on the sides and is hinged at the back. When opened, there is some further carving with a well at the front that fits a watch with a wide slot for the winder. It currently holds a 14ct gold watch-form locket which has fine engine-turning on the front and the back, and central plain sections – one with a monogram. This locket opens in typical watch-form manner to reveal two daguerreotypes – almost certainly husband and wife. There is tarnish around the edges of both images, more prominent on the man’s photo, and he has a small mark over his forehead. There is slight spidering on the image of the lady. Her image has some delicate hand-colouring. Both likenesses can be clearly seen. It is not certain whether the watch-form locket and holder were created together or separately but they fit well together. The treen holder is in very good condition and the actual gold locket is also in very good condition for age with minimal indents and slight staining. This is a lovely example of a complete watch holder and watch-form daguerreotype locket. Wooden case when closed measures approximately 3.75 ins (9.5cm) x 2.3 ins (5.9cm) x 1 ins (2.5cm). Diameter of locket approximately 2 ins (5cm). Combined 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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