Posted by Karen R on October 15, 1997 at 16:39:28:
In response to Watches and Fobs, written by Clare on October 14, 1997 at 20:58:04
] I really believe that what we are looking at on the outside of the men's pants are FOBS not watches... Fobs are the short watch chains or ribbons that hang out of a watch pocket- the watch is inside the pocket and the fob hangs on the outside- it is easier to get the watch out that way. Fobs are also considered to be the small decorations that hang on the end of the fob (chain or ribbon).
] By the way, I believe that wrist watches became popular during World War I.
Thank goodness I decided to check the Regency Board. That thing hanging there has been bothering me for quite some time. I thought I might have to search the archives because it had been discussed ages ago.
I had ruled out a watch, because it was too small. But the idea that the actual watch is in the vest pocket and that only the fob is visible, makes much more sense.
Yes, you are correct that wrist watches do not appear until early in the 20th century. I collect older watches and wrist watches are technically not considered "antique" because they are not old enough.
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