From the Pockets of Suits

The pocket watch with a decorated silver case was purchased by the Tolmin Museum in 1976 in Gorenja Trebuša.

The first references to pocket watches date back to the 15th century, when the watches were reportedly made and worn mainly in Italy, Germany, and France. From the very beginning, pocket watches were worn on a strap or a chain, and later also in a leather pouch attached to the belt. It was not until the 19th century that men began to wear watches in the pockets of their suits. Unlike men, women kept wearing watches as a pendant or on the waist until the turn of the 19th century, when wristwatches came into fashion.

The well-preserved pocket watch with a decorated silver case, which is in the possession of the Tolmin Museum, was purchased in the village of Gorenja Trebuša in 1976. Its appearance and the way it is made suggest it was made in the second half of the 19th or early 20th century. This is revealed mostly by the watch-winding technique, i.e. up until the mid-19th century, pocket watches were still wound by means of a watch-winding key, which was later replaced with a "crown" connected to the arbour through a special connector inserted between the winding mechanism and the hand-positioning instrument. The age of the watch is additionally indicated by the closing style, i.e. in the late 19th century, a new type of pocket watches was introduced, a pocket watch with a spring-hinged cover, which was known under its French name "savonette".

 

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