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Late Edo Period

Turtle Shell Chiming Pocket Watch

The compact watch was reportedly a possession of Nariaki Tokugawa (1800 to 1860), a lord of the Mito Clan. The casing is made of turtle shell decorated with a lacquer relief design. Equipped with a balance wheel with a hairspring, crown escapement, and striking function.

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Name Turtle Shell Chiming Pocket Watch
Time/Period Late Edo Period
Country Japan
Additional information While pocket watches were preferred in Europe, the “inro” (or pillbox) watch was designed for well-to-do Japanese who wore kimonos, garments without pockets. The inro was highly regarded as an artwork.