Three late 18th century French gilded silver and colored gold pocket watches and a chatelaine from the Hull-Grundy Collection were cleaned with acidified thiourea (Hotel Silver Dip) applied with cotton swabs to avoid damaging the gold layer.
Pocket watch with the Image of Marie Antionette, 1978,1002.522
Silver-gilt pocket watch with decoration in red, white, and yellow gold and silver around an enamel portrait of Marie Antionette, which is bordered with pavé-set diamonds and topped with a diamond-set crown. Bezel is surrounded by diamonds. Made by Francois Agéron c. 1770-1780.
Pocket Watch, 1978,1002.523
Silver-gilt pocket watch with decoration in red, white, and yellow gold and silver around an enamel depicting two women worshiping at the alter of love, which is personified as Cupid. Aix-on-Provence, c. 1780-1791.
Pocket watch, 1978,1002.422.B
Watch and pair-case. The outer case is in chased three-colour gold and silver with a dog and birds in foliage. Swiss, c. late 18th century.
Chatelaine with watch, 1978,1002.414.A
Three coloured gold and silver chatelaine with applied ornament on the hook-plate in the form of symbols of love, Cupid and doves at an altar with a flaming heart, four cartouches decorated with trophies terminating in a suspension hook with a watch, others with watch-keys, a minute compartmented, engraved writing case decorated with baskets of flowers. Inside the case are ivory writing tablets and a discharge mark. Paris, c. 1775-1776.