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Dress and ornament
in Europe

Gold watch

Length: 17.500 cm

M&ME 1979,1-1,1

Gold watch

From: London, England
Date: late 18th century AD

This beautiful watch would have partly been worn to show how rich its owner was. It was fashionable in the 18th century to wear your watch hanging from a belt around your waist, where everyone could see it. The gold watch case and hangings are decorated with pictures made out of enamel. Enamel is like a kind of hard, shiny glass that you can't see through. This was worked by one of the best enamellers in the country at the time, a man called William Hopkins Craft. Somebody else made the workings inside the watch, a skilled watchmaker called John Leroux.