This hard to find wooden watch hutch dates to the 19th century, when men could not afford a clock, but would have a pocket watch that then would be housed in a small case like this one so it becomes a clock. The hutch displays the craftsmanship of the maker and he proudly put his initials in the back together with the number 44. the hutch was clearly made custom to the gentleman's watch at the time and it seems to have been adjusted somewhat on the inside to make room for a larger hanger. The inside is very nicely turned, except for the top where the carving is rougher and not done with the same hand. The little door is also a beautiful example of craftsmanship with a cathedral top whith border and a small knob and lock as well as a rounded indent on the inside to accommodate the watch. There are 4 button feet on the bottom and four more as part of the design, as well as columns and small rounded finials. Just lots of details. Condition is very good: the top finial looks a little separated on the photo, but is was pushed back in place, it is obviously doweled in. Otherwise condition is remarkable considering age. The measurements for the watch are as follows: front opening 2", back opening 2 1/2", opening at the top is 5/8" wide and 3/4" tall. There is a small hole in the top opening where a hook may have been.
Measurements case are: 6 1/2" by 3" and 10" tall.
Antique Carved Wood Watch Hutch or Holder Porte Montre