"The Razors Edge of Time" Antique Watch & Tooth Pendant Necklace
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: This antique ladies' wristwatch makes an elegant focal piece, pairing it with a solitary tooth pendant at the bottom speaks to how we all live on the razor's edge of time. They are strung on a 17" 2mm goldtone link chain.
Components Found in: Hendersonville NC, Cerritos CA
~Watch n’ clock~
Telling and keeping track of the time has a long, evolved history with us humans. The word “clock” comes from the medieval Latin word clocca, meaning “bell”, with cognates in many different European languages as well. There are many examples throughout history of devices made to mark the passage of time without respect to reference time, examples such as candle clocks, incense clocks, hourglasses, and tally sticks. The earliest known records of humans utilizing time measuring devices starts with the sundial, created in Ancient Egypt and ancient Babylonian astrology (around 1500 BC). Soon after, the use of water clocks were known to have been utilized in Ancient Egypt and Babylon as well.
It wasn’t until the 1500s that we started to see time-tracking devices that were worn or carried in travel. It is thought that German clockmaker Peter Henlien was the inventor of the very first watch, which was originally worn around the neck as a pendant or attached to clothing. These timepieces had an hour hand only, and had to be wound twice a day. They were typically made of brass and were round in shape with a hinged brass covering over the face, though a trend for irregularly shaped devices made an appearance at the end of the century which included flowers, animals, insects, stars, books, crosses and even skulls, known as Death’s head watches.
~Claws, Teeth, Bones~
Across the human story, claws, teeth, and bones have traditionally been worn to showcase a variety of things. One’s hunting prowess, social standing, medicinal knowledge, or place of origin could be assessed before a single word was spoken during an interaction. Nowadays, the wearing of these materials has become mostly symbolic. We’d like to think of wearing these materials as a form of respect paid to the animals for their contributions to our world.
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