Posted by Stolzi on October 18, 1997 at 10:36:51:
In response to I had always thought..., written by Elizabeth Rose on October 13, 1997 at 15:51:17
] I had always thought that they were fobs, not watches, sort of little decorations that served no real purpose other than decorative.
It seems to me that the fob served the purpose of being a sort of "handle" to pull out the watch, which rested in a watch pocket (some [most?] gentlemen's breeches even today possess a watch pocket, a small one nestled inside the top of the large pocket on one side... take a look.}
Later there was a custom of keeping the pocket watch in a vest pocket, with a long chain which loops across the front and can sport various fobs, honor keys and the like. I associate this more with Victorian times than the Regency, though.
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