Lady's Lapel Watch

For most of the nineteenth century, women had worn watches hung from long chains around the neck, but by the end of the century styles changed. Fashion magazines advocated a variety of timepieces for women who could afford luxuries. A well-to-do woman might own a very special bracelet containing a watch or a watch set in a ring. More common were watches designed to pin at her waist or, like this one made in Switzerland about 1900, on her lapel.
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date made
Physical Description
enamel (watch case material)
metal (watch movement material)
gold (dust cap material)
gold (watch case material)
mineral, brilliant (watch case material)
overall: 2 7/8 in x 1 1/4 in x 1/2 in; 7.3025 cm x 3.175 cm x 1.27 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Mrs. Eva C. Taiclet
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