Renaissance-revival lady's pocket watch

American (Swiss works)
about 1890
Tiffany & Co. (American, active 1837–present)


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 5 x 3.5 x 1.3 cm (1 15/16 x 1 3/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

2008.27

Medium or Technique

Gold, silver, enamel, diamond, and crystal

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Timepieces

This ladies’ pocket watch features a chased and engraved gold dial with enamel Roman numerals spaced by blue enamel fleur-de-lis. The bezel has a stylized foliate design that encloses a lever escapement movement. The reverse incorporates a pair of profile enamel portraits framed by rose-cut diamonds set in a scrolling, pierced grillework. The case is unmarked but was in all liklihood made in France for Tiffany & Co. The watch was once owned by Mrs. Clara Hunt Snow (1843-1909) of Brockton, Massachusetts and was handed down in the family. There is a vintage photo of Mrs. Snow, ca. 1895, in a horse-drawn carriage.

Markings

Engraved "No. 17348/Tiffany & Co. New York" on watch works

Provenance

Owned by Clara Hunt Snow (1843-1909) of Brockton, Massachusetts, the wife of shoe manufacturer, George G. Snow. The watch remained in the family and was offered at auction (Skinner sale no. 2391, December 11, 2007, lot 235); Purchased by MFA (Accession Date: January 23, 2008).

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Susan B. Kaplan in honor of Yvonne J. Markowitz and her decades of service to the MFA