This Memento-Mori watch presented by Mary Queen of Scots to her attendant Mary Seaton, is from the 16th century. The forehead of the skull is engraved with a figure of death between a palace and a cottage, and a quotation in Latin, ‘pale death visits with impartial foot the cottages of the poor and castles of the rich’.
Watch in the form of a skull, ca. 1640-50 Movement by Isaac Penard (Swiss, 1619-1676) Case and dial: silver, partly nielloed, with a single silver hand; Movement: gilded brass and steel; back plate of movement ~ ₪•BE•₪ ~
The Seton Watch was made for Mary Queen of Scots in the late 1500s. It has a silver engraved case and a small bell that strikes on the hour. The jaw drops down to reveal the watch face. The original movement was replaced about 200 years ago, but otherwise still has the overall appearance it would had when it was new over 400 years ago.