Pocket Watch. German, circa 1580. Almost identical watches were being made
in London by 1600.
They were such poor timekeepers that just an hour hand
was considered sufficient. The decoration is detailed, lavish and extends over
the entire surface. The finial at the base is spring loaded and is pulled to allow
the pierced cover to be opened. Turn the watch upside down and pull the finial
again, this allows the faceplate to drop open and gives access to the movement.
It disapoints me to say this, but the movement is battery powered quartz! There
was no realistic alternative, and at least you have the consolation of exteremely
accurate timekeeping. Diameter 8.5cm. Price £75.00.