This week's "Treasured" post focuses on a piece that I never wear, but sometimes carry with me: my vintage pocket watch.
Unlike the other items I've featured here, this is actually a family heirloom: it belonged to my uncle's great aunt, who passed it along to my aunt. When I was 10, my aunt gave it to me. If I had to guess, based on what I know about the great aunt, the watch is probably 90-100 years old. The company that made the pocket watch is Waltham, which manufactured pocket watches from 1852-1960. I'm still trying to find the serial number on mine to exactly place the year in which it was made. The back of is gold, and has a scroll design etched into it. The watch used to have a gold etched front that covered the face of the watch, but at some point that came off. It's functional, and still works perfectly, and I love setting the time to it and hearing its tiny ticks.
I've never worn it, except to carry it in my pocket or in my bag. I used to carry it in high school as a bit of a touchstone or lucky charm on those days when I felt like I needed it. It's fun to look at, and I like thinking of all the events that the watch has lived through. I would love to find a really good gold chain so I can wear it around my neck, and have awesome Alice-inspired outfits with it. If I ever got to go onto Antiques Roadshow (one of my favorite shows ever) I'd definitely take this piece, although I bet the value has depreciated because of the lost front covering.
Do you have any clothing or jewelry family heirlooms around your house? And do you ever wear them?