Watch in the form of a Lesser George

Maker: Movement by Nicholas Vallin (recorded ca. 1590, died 1603)

Date: ca. 1600

Culture: British, London

Medium: Case and dial: gold, partly enameled; movement: gilded brass and steel

Dimensions: Overall: 1 7/16 × 15/16 in. (3.7 × 2.4 cm)

Classification: Horology

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.1475


Made in the shape of an ensign of the English Order of the Garter, the case of this watch depicts Saint George fighting the dragon, and its band is enameled with the motto of the order: HONI.SOIT.QVI/ MAL.Y. PENSE. Its function as a timekeeper would have been incidental to its function as a jewel required to be worn by a knight of the order as part of his daily dress.