This is a most appealing ladies wristwatch of the transitional variety. Once society had accepted that the wristwatch was now an acknowledged way to wear a watch compared to the previous pocket watch, it appears that many watches currently constructed as pocket watches were then converted to become a wristwatch. Such examples can be identified by the fact that the winding knob is not on the side but at the top at 12 o’clock, and attached to the wristband. This particular watch is highly decorative with a gold-coloured dial and intricate circular feature, black numerals and hands. The case has a chased border on its octagonal frame and the back is of plain gold. The watch tests for 10 carat gold. The attractive black cord band has fittings of 9 carat gold with a security clip for closure as well as a security chain. The mechanism is marked for the maker, Emerson W.C. Co. Gilsey Warranted 20 Years 256998. This piece comfortably fits a 6.5 ins wrist and the watch is in working order. Diameter 1 ins (2.5cm). Weight 18 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 235.
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