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Pendant watch
    • Setting:
      Room XVIII
    • Maker:
      Augustin Forfaict
    • Place:
    • Date:
      late 16th cent.
    • Materials:
      brass, silver, gilt brass
    • Dimensions:
      32x42 mm (excluding pendant and knob); thickness 23.5 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Pendant watch (Inv. 3843)
    • Pendant watch (Inv. 3843)

Watch with a brass case and silver lids hinged at the top; the sides are wrapped in a silver band engraved with reclining figures, leafy volutes, and a spring of water; there is a coat of arms engraved on the front lid and a monogram on the back lid; all the engravings show signs of wear; the lids are gilt on the inside. The pendant is welded to the case and holds a loose round ring; the knob is turned.

The gilt dial is engraved with floral volutes and a winged head facing downward. At the center is a view of a town by a river, probably Sedan (north-east of Reims, on the Moselle), with a fisherman in the foreground. The silver chapter ring is fairly thin, with Roman hour numerals separated by marks. The elegant burnished steel hand is in the shape of a lily.

This oval pendant watch is signed by Augustin Forfaict. Its mechanism is extractable by means of bayonet hooks. The movement has a gut fusee and a verge escapement. The balance lacks a regulator.