Coronavirus (COVID-19) While museums are closed, the Museum of London prints site is fully operational and we have added an FAQ page here.

Watch set in a single Colombian emerald crystal: c. 1600


Watch set in a single Colombian emerald crystal: c. 1600
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Full image caption

Watch, set in single large Colombian emerald crystal of hexagonal form with hinged lid. The movement and dial plate are corroded and cannot be raised out of the setting. The dial plate is enamelled in translucent green and the circular gold suspension loop and button securing the movement at the base are set with small emeralds. The suspension loop is set in a white enamelled flower, c.1610. Part of the Cheapside Hoard. The main body of the case is cut from a single piece of emerald with a lid of facetted emerald. The catch for the lid consists of a gold pin set in the base which passes through a hole in a gold tube set in the lid. The watch has a gold dial overlaid with dark green enamel through which can be seen the engraved design of radiating lines.

Image Details

1576 AD - 1600 AD
Image Number

© Museum of London

buy a print

Select print type
Select size
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas