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Special Heart-shaped Pendant Pocket Watch, Swiss Silver, c1900
This is a most desirable and collectible pocket watch for a lady which today could be worn on a chain or a watch brooch. It is in the sentimental shape of a silver heart with a gold-coloured cartouche in the centre of the back. The white enamel dial has black numerals (surrounded by gilt dots) and gilt hands and the main case of the watch has scrolling foliage and flower engraving. Inside it has the marks of three rampant bears which indicate Swiss silver dating between 1882-1934 and there is also the mark 0.93 (presumably a 5 was present but this has rubbed away). This denotes the equivalent of sterling silver of Swiss origin. The watch and case is in excellent condition for age despite some surface scratching in the centre of the glass, and the watch is working. Form watches such as this are uncommon and delightful to wear and collect. Please note that the silver guard chain, watch brooch and brooch at the neck featured in one image are not included. Maximum height with bow 1.75 ins (4.4cm). Maximum width 1.25 ins (3.2cm). Weight 28 grams. This items appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 119.
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Genevieve Cummins, Sydney, Australia
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