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Portable Drum Watch
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Portable Drum Watch


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The earliest watches were small, portable versions of drum-shaped table clocks. This one has a sundial, which was far more accurate and could be used to reset the clock. The 24-hour dial is marked in Roman numerals on the outer band and in Arabic numerals on the inner one. The animals leaping through the foliage design were cast in relief and then chased, marking this watch as an object of luxury.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/13/1958Treatmentcleaned
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] C.S.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1550-1570 (Renaissance)
Medium
gilded brass case, partially gilded brass dial with traces of unidentified red pigment, iron and brass movement
(Timepieces, Clocks & Watches)
Accession Number
58.70
Measurements
13/16 x 1 7/8 in. (2 x 4.8 cm)
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