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Watch with a Rock Crystal Case
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Watch with a Rock Crystal Case


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Description The watch is signed "H. K." in intricate engraving on the backplate and again, with the date 1560, under the dial. The date is very early for such a small watch, and the style is so unusual that specialists have questioned its authenticity, but analysis has revealed that the enamel composition is consistent with recipes used during the Renaissance. This tiny watch is an early example of the portable watch that was meant to be worn like jewelry.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Engraved on backplate: H.K.; [Signature and date] Engraved under dial: H.K. 1560
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
Watch: 1560; Case: ca. 1625
Medium
rock crystal, gold, and champlevé enamel case, champlevé enamel on gold dial, partially gilded brass and iron movement
(Timepieces, Clocks & Watches)
Accession Number
58.31
Measurements
H: 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm)
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