Rheine Falls is the largest waterfall in Europe. It is located in Switzerland. This item is a souvenir that a tourist brought home from the falls with its ancient castle. It was made in Switzerland, likely at the end of the 19th , or beginning of the 20th Century. It was hand carved and known as Black Forest ware. It was designed to hold a pocket watch and when open would sit at your bedside to hold your pocket watch, and even act as a clock.
The exterior is marked Rheinfalls and has a picture of the falls, probably hand painted, with the castle in the background. The interior has a faded red velvet lining on the back of the carved out circle with notch top to hold your watch. There is also a carved floral design beneath the compartment. The wood is a light to medium brown color.
The piece measures 3 3/4" by 2 1/4" and is 1" deep. It will hold a watch that has a 1 5/8" diameter. The watch is not included, but just there for reference. It is in fine vintage condition.
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