ROYAL POCKET- WATCHES
Timepieces come nowadays in all shapes and sizes. The first mechanical clocks appeared in the 12th century and only indicated the hours.
The pendulum clock was invented in 1656 by the Dutchman Christiaan Huygens, this also had a minute hand. The first wind up watch comes from 1790 and was invented in Switzerland.
Pocket watches were made by hand were precious and could only be purchased by the elite. It was not until 1850 that pocket watches were taken into production, making them more affordable for a wider audience.
In the First World War it appeared that officers in the army discovered that it was easier to take a quick look at a wristwatch than to search for a pocket watch. This made the wristwatch increasingly popular after the 1st World War.
Pocket watches have also been made to commemorate Royal events. The oldest pocket watch in our collection dates from 1890 and shows the young Queen Wilhelmina with long hair. Pocket watches were also made for Wilhelmina’s inauguration in 1898.
On her marriage to Prince Hendrik, Queen Wilhelmina commissioned an 18 carat golden watch, which she gifted to her ladies-in-waiting on the day of the wedding. Queen Wilhelmina had only 3 ladies-in-waiting, so this item is very rare.
A granddaughter of one of the ladies-in-waiting auctioned this pocket watch; this is how we obtained it for our collection. There is also a silver edition of this watch; these were probably given to minor persons at the court.
Furthermore, a pocket watch was made in memory of the wedding of Princess Juliana & Prince Bernhard in 1937 and one to commemorate the inauguration of Queen Beatrix in 1980.
- Pocket watch from 1890 with a portrait of the young queen Wilhelmina.
- Pocket watch made in 1898 to commemorate the inauguration of queen Wilhelmina.
- 18 carat golden pocket watch made to commemorate the wedding of queen Wilhelmina 1901.
wedding princess Juliana 1937
- inauguration Queen Beatrix 1980