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Watchcocks

Inventory Number: 12746
Object Type:
Accession Number: 1935-4/part
Brief Description: 30 watchcocks each of varying sizes and with differing intricate designs, the majority of the watchcocks are oval with rounded triangular shaped extensions. These were used to protect a watch's balance wheels whilst still allowing them to be seen through the design. 12 of the watchcocks have faces at the base of the oval with either leaf or strap-work designs, one of the designs includes birds amongst the leaves, two have a helmet at the top between two flags; four of the faces are in profile and three of the watchcocks have a small piece of glass mounted in the centre. Five of the watchcocks are decorated with vases surrounded by floral and leaf designs, four of these watchcocks have a small pieces of glass mounted in the centre. Five of the watchcocks mainly feature creatures on their designs, three have birds amongst foliage, one has a swan beneath two flags and one has a Celtic-style dragon head; one of these watchcocks has a small pieces of glass mounted in the centre. Six of the watchcocks have purely floral or leaf designs, one of the watchcocks is an unusual shape as it is a circle mounted on a bar, four of these watchcocks have a small piece of glass mounte din the centre. One watchcock has a helmet at the top between two flags, surrounded by a barred design. The final watchcock is bell-shaped with a small piece of glass mounted in the watchcock at the top and the word "DETACH'D" inscribed on the bottom section.
Collection Group: Barnett Collection
Material(s): metal
copper alloy
Glass
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
38 33 5 mm

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