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Watch in the form of a Lesser George

Maker:
Movement by Nicholas Vallin (recorded ca. 1590, died 1603)
Date:
ca. 1600
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Case and dial: gold, partly enameled; Movement: gilded brass and steel
Dimensions:
1 7/16 × 15/16 in. (3.7 × 2.4 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1475
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 517
Made in the shape of an ensign of the English Order of the Garter, the case of this watch depicts Saint George fighting the dragon, and its band is enameled with the motto of the order: HONI.SOIT.QVI/ MAL.Y. PENSE. Its function as a timekeeper would have been incidental to its function as a jewel required to be worn by a knight of the order as part of his daily dress.

[Clare Vincent, 2007]
Signature: Signed on movement: N. Vallin
Lord Londesborough , probably Grimston Park ; Frédéric Spitzer , Paris ; Carl Heinrich Marfels , Frankfurt and Berlin ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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