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Pocket watch with charms

Object Number: 
1958.80a-f
Date: 
1890-1930
Medium: 
Gold, glass, enamel; rawhide, silver, turquoise, copper
Dimensions: 
Overall (a): 2 7/8 in. × 5/16 in. × 2 in. (7.3 × 0.8 × 5.1 cm) Overall (b): 11 1/2 × 3/16 × 1/16 in. (29.2 × 0.5
Marks: 
engraving: cypher on back of watch case: "JUK" engraving: on movement casing: in rectangle: "0.585"/ "13352"
Description: 
Gold pocket watch with turquoise and silver charms on rawhide thong; gold watch case with cypher on reverse; winding pendant knob with round bow; glass face; white enamel dial with roman numeral hours and minute markings; steel moon hour and minute hands; second aperture at VI with second markings and second hand. Rawhide leather chain tied to bow and to each of four charms. Green turquoise charm on silver backing; portrays dancer with hair, arms out and legs apart. Triangular turquoise charm with rounded corners and wavy silver border. Horseshoe shaped silver charm with oval piece of turquoise attached at center. Copper and silver bar charm attached to the end of rawhide; one half of cylindrical bar is copper, the other silver; links alternate copper and silver.
Gallery Label: 
This watch originally belonged to political cartoonist Joseph Keppler, Jr. The charms attached to this watch are supposedly Native American. Keppler, Jr., was an activist for Native Americans, an honorary chief of the Seneca Nation, and a collector of Native American art.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Keppler, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group