Antique Silver Pocket Watch Outer Case - Patch Case with Bevelled Mirror circa 1750
Here on offer is a very rare and unusual antique silver Pocket Watch Case that has been converted to Patch Case, with a circular bevelled mirror top, from circa 1750.
Pair-cased pocket watches were common throughout the 1700’s.
Basically they where made up of an inner case to hold the watch movement, with an additional outer case that enclosed and protected the inner case.
The outer case would provide protection from dirt and dust, since the inner cases of key-wound watches lacked such coverage.
I believe this silver repoussé case is French and is decorated in relief with a central classical scene of Diana the Huntress with dogs and Cupid within a surround of rococo scrolls. It is signed just below the huntress 'D. Cochin F'.
This case has been expertly converted to a patch box with the watch winding stem gap filled and decorated to hide it.
The front of the case has had a circular bevelled mirror fitted and the reverse has a gilt finish.
This is the only example of such a patch box that I have seen and is probably a unique commissioned pierce.
I think it is a valuable example of the expert silver smithing work of the 1700’s, but if someone needed a genuine period outer pocket watch case, then this could easily be restored back to a pocket watch case, by a skilled silversmith.
The case itself is in excellent condition, no dents or splits and just has some rubbing wear to the silver highlighted features and the mirror has one tiny area of age foxing on the outer edge.
This is a very rare piece that would make a great addition to any pocket watch or period jewellery collection.
The case measures 2” (5.1cm) diameter and is 0.9” (2.4cm) thick.
It weighs 49g.
Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description.
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