Watchmaker: Jacob Wybrants

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Today Leeuwarden is a small, rather quiet city, but in the seventeenth century it was the capital of a wealthy Dutch province as well as the seat of the Prince Stadholder of Friesland. It is not entirely unlikely, therefore, that a relatively unimportant watchmaker found a patron for this elegant watch. In 1648 the estate of Leeuwarden goldsmith Minne Sikkes (recorded 1618, d. 1648) contained one large crystal watch case and four smaller ones.

Watch, Watchmaker: Jacob Wybrants (recorded 1635–78), Case: rock crystal and gold, partly enameled; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly blued, Dutch, Leeuwarden

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