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Pocket watch depicting an insurgent armed with a scythe

Patek & Co.ca. 1845

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

The Polish Museum in Rapperswil

A pocket watch with a gold case featuring a Polish “kosynier”, i.e. an insurgent armed with a scythe. He is standing under a banner on the battlefield. In the background, a silhouette of a house and a cross. The rear face of the mechanism has two key winding holes for strike and timekeeping, and an engraved inscription: “Cylinder escapement, / four ruby pins No 992 / Patek and Co.in Geneva”. Before the year 1845, the watch was ordered as a gift for his wife by Wiktor Kurantowski (1810-1846), an insurgent of the 1831 Uprising, a well-known lithographer and patriot from Poznan.
The watch was made in Geneva by the watchmaking company of Antoni Norbert Patek, a Polish watchmaker and founder of the Patek Phillipe company.

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  • Title: Pocket watch depicting an insurgent armed with a scythe
  • Creator: Patek & Co.
  • Date created: ca. 1845
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 33 mm
  • Provenance: In the collection of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil since 1989 (a gift from Dr. Wacław Szlichcicki from Edmonton).
  • Type: Pocket watch
  • Medium: Engraved gold case, enamelled dial

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