Covet: Tiffany & Company Wild Rose Lapel Watch

paulding farnham

Now we’re in the realm of pure fantasy.

I was doing some research for work and I found this image while I was reading about Paulding Farnham (1859-1927), the relatively unknown designer behind many of Tiffany & Company’s most exquisite jewelry of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Wouldn’t you love to wear a “lapel watch” that pinned to your dress or jacket, with its face half-concealed within enameled flower petals? especially when the flower is a wild rose? This beautiful item was exhibited at the 1889 Paris Exposition, and it’s now owned by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Just something to dream about on a gray and blustery day.

Image via Luxury Insider.


2 thoughts on “Covet: Tiffany & Company Wild Rose Lapel Watch

  1. The design aesthetic from that era was so exceptional. I love seeing the jewelry that appears on Antiques Roadshow from the Edwardian age in particular. As they say, Mr. Farnham had ‘the eye’ for design. Thanks for sharing such an exquisite image.

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