Watch fob

American, Boston
about 1800
Worn by Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 2.2cm (7/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, topaz

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment

Gold in repousse design set with a faceted stone. The stone appears to be foil backed to appear yellow. It is most likely glass or quartz. There is a significant chip to the stone. It has been published as topaz.

Many watches were secured to a jacket or waistcoat with a chain and a fob, a decorative counterbalance.


Worn by Paul Revere. Lent by Mrs. Nathaniel Thayer, March 3, 1931. Bequest of Mrs. Pauline Revere Thayer, December 5, 1935.

In the collection of Mrs. Nathaniel Thayer by 1931; lent to the MFA March 3, 1931 and bequeathed to the museum by Mrs. Pauline Revere Thayer December 5, 1935.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Pauline Revere Thayer