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Rare Early Swiss Hunter Case Style Pedometer, c1877
This is a most unusual watch-form item in full Hunter style of silver metal with ring and the addition of a belt clip at the back. When opened it is actually a pedometer. The dial is numbered 0 to 11 (therefore would measure 12 miles), has a central movable fork-shaped pointer and the dial has radiating lines apparently for different pace length. The dial is marked 'Pat. July 17, 1877' with the number 23 on the other side of the pointer. The pointer and central screw appear to be of blued steel. It is in working order but may not be accurate. The condition is very good for age. An identical example has been seen marked for the prestigious retailer, Tiffany & Co. but this piece is not marked. This would make a fascinating item to include in a collection of mechanical or watch-form items as it is a very rare and special style of pedometer. Maximum diameter with hinge 1.75 ins (4.6cm). Weight 60 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 216.
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