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Watch in the form of a Lesser George

Movement by Nicholas Vallin (recorded ca. 1590, died 1603)
ca. 1600
British, London
Case and dial: gold, partly enameled; movement: gilded brass and steel
Overall: 1 7/16 × 15/16 in. (3.7 × 2.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
Signature: Signed on movement: N. Vallin
Albert Conyngham, first Baron Londesborough , probably Grimston Park (by 1857) ; Frédéric Spitzer , Paris (by 1892) ; Carl Heinrich Marfels , Frankfurt and Berlin (until 1910; sold to Morgan) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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