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Pendant Watch, 1927

This is a Pendant Watch.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It has been able to spend time at the museum on loan from Neil Lane Collection.

It is dated 1927. Its medium is diamonds, platinum, pearl.

What appears to be an elegant lapel brooch is in fact a pendant watch. The watch is hidden on the underside to enable a woman to check the time surreptitiously, in an era when women were starting to join men in wearing watches.

It is credited Neil Lane Collection.

  • Hanakarakusa W Brooch, 2007
  • gold powder, gold beads, egg shells, mother-of-pearl, colored lacquer....
  • Gift of Van Cleef and Arpels.
  • 2011-42-2

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

  • Plume, 1926
  • diamonds, platinum.
  • Private Collection.
  • 41.2016.4

Its dimensions are

L x W: 7 × 2.2 cm (2 3/4 × 7/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Van Cleef and Arpels; French platinum marks

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