Meg Loew Craft
The authenticity of a small early German watch (WAM 58.31) in the collection of the Walters Art Museum was questioned. In preparation for the reinstallation of the Renaissance and Baroque galleries, research, examination and analysis of this watch were undertaken to determine the provenance, construction, condition and composition in an attempt to resolve questions about the watch. Problems were encountered evaluating the watch, a functional object where wear, repairs and alterations to improve accuracy are expected. A great deal of information has been discovered but a final conclusion may never be determined.