A silver memento mori skull form watch circa 19th century
Property of a descendant of William Beckford & The Dukes of Hamilton
A silver memento mori skull form watch
circa 19th century
gilded full plate movement, verge escapement, three arm flat balance, decoratively pierced and engraved balance cock, round pillars, fusee and chain, white enamel dial with Roman numerals, silver case in the shape of a human skull, engraved with latin mememto mori text, winding aperture and bow to the top
dimensions 34mm x 37.5mm
Case: tasrnished with age in places, text and engraving in good order, inside case is scratched
Dial: later white dial with crack at 5 o'clock
Movement: not running
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