Watch in the form of a badge of the Order of the Garter

Movement by Nicholas Vallin Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509

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.

Watch in the form of a badge of the Order of the Garter, Movement by Nicholas Vallin (Flemish, active ca. 1590–died 1603), Case and dial: gold, partly enameled; movement: gilded brass and steel, British, London

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