Chatelaine Watch Casemaker: J. S. S. (British)
Maker, probably by: William Hunt & Son (British, active 1755–1763)


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900


Gold, silver, silver gilt, ormolu, enamel, glass, porcelain, hair


8 1/8 × 6 3/4 in., 210 g (20.6 × 17.1 cm)
watch: 2 3/8 × 1 7/8 in. (6 × 4.8 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


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Mabel Brady Garvan, New York, New York; gift 1948 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

  • Sarah D. Coffin and Penelope Hunter-Stiebel, Rococo: The Continuing Curve, 1730–2008 (New York: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2008), 107, fig. 9.
  • Erin E. Eisenbarth, Baubles, Bangles, and Beads: American Jewelry from Yale University, 1700–2005 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2005), 8, checklist, no. 6.

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Additional information

Object/Work type

chatelaines, watches


"WH" incuse on small ellipse of gold soldered to the central link holding the watch; "GORDON" in arch at top and "NEW YORK" in opposing curve at bottom of watch face, both within the circles of numbers; "Tho[s superscript double underlined] Gordon/ New York" engraved in script on the works' casing and at the top of the works; the interior of the inner back cover is marked with: a lion rampant facing left in relief within a rectangle above the pelleted letters "JS·S" incuse; below these are to the left a lion's head with open mouth and three-pointed crown in relief within a shield and to the right "D" (Gothic font) in relief within a shield.

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