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antique vintage skull pocket watch memento mori

This whole article started with a random eBay discovery: this antique skull pocketwatch, circa 1780, which as of this writing had one bid at $500.00. But the existence of one pretty awesome skull pocket watch led me to look for others, and to discover that, bizarre as it may seem, the skull has been a repeating theme in pocket watches for hundreds of years.

Watchismo.com introduced me to both this intricate silver watch made for Mary Queen of Scotts, and the following photo of an enamel Memento Mori watch from 1810:

antique vintage skull pocket watch memento mori Mary Queen Scots

antique vintage skull pocket watch memento mori enamel

antique vintage skull pocket watch memento mori enamel

and Antique-watch.com showcased this incredible piece from 1930:

antique vintage skull pocket watch memento mori

Knock it Off: A comparable modern watch to the one above is made by Craig Compton, sold through Alan Furman & Co (price by request). Oddly, the Franklin Mint makes a gold take on the theme at $140.00, the Hour of Destiny Watch, and by far the least expensive knockoff I found is the Coll Skull Pendant Watch, at a ridiculous $2.58.

Erin
Erin is a web developer and lover of tiny dogs, ghost stories, and too much eyeliner.

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  1. Reminds me of a little display case of old pocket watches that’s hidden away in the Baltimore Museum of Art. All tucked away in a neglected little nook…such a shame!

    I’m not in love with the unbelievably inexpensive skull-watch, but reading this article has given me such a fever for morbid watches that I might just have to have it..!

  2. Man’s voice: Yoo arrr Mary, Queen of Scots?

    Woman’s voice: I am!

    (sound of violent blows being dealt, things being smashed, awful crunching noises, bones being broken, and other bodily harm being inflicted. All of this accompanied by screaming from the woman.)

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