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Watch

Maker:
Watchmaker: W.A.
Date:
1571
Culture:
Flemish, Antwerp or possibly Ghent
Medium:
Case and dial: gilded brass; Movement: gilded brass and polished steel
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 7/8 × 1 1/4 × 7/8 in. (4.8 × 3.2 × 2.2 cm); Height of back plate: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1548
Not on view
The engraving on the cover of the case is from a print by Jacob Binck (ca. 1500–1569) titled A Roman Soldier Presenting Grapes to a Nude Woman. Other engravings on the case allude to allegories of faithful wives. The use of both brass and steel for the wheels of the movement seems to indicate a Flemish origin for the watch. The primitive form of the cock would appear to support the early date.
Signature: Engraved on movement: WA conjoined

Inscription: Engraved below dial: 1571
Carl Heinrich Marfels , Frankfurt and Berlin (to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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