Alexis Falize, ‘Design for a Chatelaine with Watch’, ca. 1875, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Design for a diamond-encrusted golden watch hanging from a heavy golden brooch (chatelaine). Ornamented in neo-Renaissance style with pearls and rubies, this stunning jewel features a golden hour-glass and a figure of Father Time holding a scythe, appropriate references for a time-piece. Winged female sea creatures support the brooch and watch case.

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