Miniature versions of a clock, or pocket watch, were referred to as early as the 1400s. But these remained for centuries out of reach to to all but the wealthiest and titled, mostly due to their excessive expense and rarity.
Even well into the 1700's these small versions of the clock were highly desired and served as a display of means and status. During this time, false watches were designed that resembled a pocket watch case, yet didn't contain a watch. Fads being fads no matter the era, these were less expensive and yet signaled you were "in the know".
Combining this now scarce form of jewelry with a memorial jewel, is this remarkable pansy motif pendant dedicated to a mother.
A pansy flower (symbolic of pensez, French for to think about, pensez sounds like the work pansy in English) emblazons the top center of one side. Hand painted in cobalt blue, white and honey bee yellow enamels, it rests amid a field of flourishes, scrolls and leaves of gold.
These designs lyrically wend their way around the surface against the background of ebony pitch-black enamel.
The reverse show similar patterns around the perimeter. Within are the words in old English lettering, "in Memory Of" also in gold against jet black enamel.
Just as in a hunter pocket watch, there is a button on the knob that depresses to open the locket. Braided and woven hair fills the circular, glass covered compartment. Around this engine turned gold patterns provide contrast.
Hand engraved in script, and opposite this are the words, "A Fond & Affectionate Mother Obit 18 July 1834, Aetat 56 Years". Meaning this cherished mother passed on the 18th of July in 1834 at age 56.
In 14k yellow gold, it is in remarkable condition for its 187 years.
Note: Chain for illustration purposes. Ask about this one or others.