DescriptionOur clever watch is developed from a “Tip-Top” wristwatch pictured in the Catalogue of Silverware, Clocks, and Art Novelties, an American trade catalogue in the Museum’s collection, published in 1932 by the E. W. Reynolds Company. The angled dial was originally advertised as a benefit for quick time-telling.
18K gold overlay case. Brown leather strap. Quartz movement. Case: 1 1/2''diam.
- 18K gold overlay case
- Brown leather strap
- Quartz movement
- Case: 1 1/2''diam.
Art HistoryThe nineteenth-century Industrial Revolution in England and America spurred a host of innovations in the manufacturing and distribution of consumer goods. To entice a widespread and growing clientele with a variety of wares—hardware, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and more—merchants and wholesalers circulated illustrated trade catalogues. Among these newly affordable consumer products were pocket watches and alarm clocks, needed by middle-class citizens to synchronize their lives to Standard Time, instituted in the U.S. in 1883.