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K971 Pocket watch, with pouch and key, case no. 13012, rose gold / textiles / metal, maker unknown, France, c. 1810. Click to enlarge.

Pocket watch, pouch and key

Made
The watch plays the waltz and the music can be set to play every hour on the hour. The introduction of music box movement into a pocket watch was one of the first significant applications of mechanical music produced with a comb, after its development in 1796. The style of hands is known as ‘moon tip’ and was first created by the famous French watch maker Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1783.

The history of pocket watches goes back to the late fifteenth century when mechanisms were made small …

Summary

Object No.

K971

Object Statement

Pocket watch, with pouch and key, case no. 13012, rose gold / textiles / metal, maker unknown, France, c. 1810

Physical Description

Pocket watch, with pouch and key, rose gold open-faced case with barley corn engine-turned back and ribbed band, case no. 13012, white enamel dial with black Roman numerals and blue steel open moon hands. Movement: 1/4 repeating, musical, cylinder. Gold fob watch with music box movement, France, circa 1810. (AF).

Rose gold 1/4 repeating musical cylinder open-faced pocket watch with barley-corn engine turned back and ribboned band; possibly six jewels; white enamel dial with black roman numerals; blue steel breguet style open moon hands; stirrup pendant with plunge; glass missing.

Inside is inscribed: ‘Musique Aigilles’, ‘Silence & Musique’ and 13012

Marks

Case no on interior back of watch: 13012; upside down: 17576;
Movement no 30 under dial.
Backing, engraved, 'Silence Musique'
Back, inner lid, stamp, impressed, '13012' ; '3' ; '(illeg. symbol)'

Dimensions

Width

15 mm

Depth

650 mm

Production

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1983

Acquisition Date

14 September 1983

Cite this Object

Harvard

Pocket watch, pouch and key 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 January 2022, <https://ma.as/263916>

Wikipedia

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