This is a most intriguing brooch watch in symmetrical Deco style. The brooch holder is edged with a band of black enamel with a tiny inner border of marcasite. The actual watch again has two bands of the black enamel and parallel marcasite features at the top and bottom of the dial. The dial is rectangular and has black numerals (which are upside down) and hands. The brooch has a secure pin at the back. The most fascinating aspect of this watch is that it has a special mechanism so when worn, the front watch component can be rotated 90 degrees upwards which then makes the face of the dial in the correct orientation to read the time. The back of the watch is marked Ciner, and Sterling. The watch and brooch are in very good condition for age but on very close inspection, a small number of the marcasite “jewels” appear flattened, but this does not detract from the overall glitter of the marcasite. This watch, with its fascinating mechanism for viewing, is therefore a lovely item to wear or to include in a collection and presents as a most sophisticated jewel. Total height 1.5 ins (4cm). Maximum width 0.6 ins (1.5cm). Weight 16 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 190.
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