This is a most unusual and desirable sixth plate ambrotype as it shows a gentleman in typical clothing of the era, holding his watch to his ear to hear it ticking! The watch is attached to a long guard chain and would have been mainly housed in his vest pocket. He has quite piercing eyes. The chain appears most likely to be cord rather than a precious metal. This image plus others (that we will present in the future) gives the proof that such chains were worn by men in the early Victorian era and that the longer guard chains could have been for watches. Shorter chains could have been for an eyeglass. This is an excellent crisp image with only very slight spotting. It is contained within a full case with decorative front and back and intact hinge with a decorative red velvet lining inside the front of the case, as well as a decorative mat. Both the mat and the case are in very good condition for age. This would make a lovely addition to a collection of unusual early photographs and would be of particular interest to those involved with horology. Sixth plate. Case measures 3.5 ins (8.9cm) x 3 ins (7.5cm). This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 95.
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