Funny little thing

First, a promise: I´m going to stick to bikes, events and books in the future, but I just couldn´t resist posting this one. Also I promise to try and improve my photograhic skills, which shouldn´t be too difficult given my current level.

In Germany, whenever someone dies without any heirs coming forward, the inheritance is claimed by the state and auctioned off. The pocket watch featured in this post comes from such an auction. I haven´t much of a clue how old it is, or what it is, or even if it´s valuable or not, but I find the picture of the early 1890s cyclist fascinating. There´s a choice of one on the front lid in gold inlay and with a large dent, or the rear lid…

… in silver and quite worn. Still you can discern the sloping top tube and the handlebars typical for an 1890s bicycle.

The watch is in a hunter case, meaning it has a lid front and rear, and pushing the crown will release the front one to show…

… the dial. There are no silver hallmarks anywhere, so I suppose the case is silvered brass.

Prying the rear lid open with a knife will first reveal an inner dust cover…

… which was obviously engraved by hand, all these decades ago. The word Cylindre means the escapement, 8 rubis is the number of ruby bearings in which the shafts holding the cogs are turning. The internet says this makes the movement a medium quality late 19th s´century one – tallies with the cycle on the lids.

Prying this one open will give a view of…

the movement. There is a resemblance – admittedly distant, but discernable – to a gear hub. Well, I think there is.

And you know what´s best? The thing ticks away merrily, radiating some sort of oldfashioned atmosphere.

Back to our regularly scheduled programme.


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