Produced as functional memento mori and especially popular during the 17th and 18th centuries, these hefty pocket watches are about the size of billiard balls. They are frequently engraved with mortality symbols such as Grim Reaper imagery and mottoes in Latin reading “Pale death knocks with the same tempo upon the huts of the poor and the towers of Kings” or “Life is fleeting, Look down upon a fallen thing, Look upon eternity, the hour of death is uncertain”. The actual timepiece is visible only by opening the skull’s jaw.
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You rock. I took the same screenshot a couple of years ago. Awestruck by your discovery. ✊🎄
So what about the skull on top of the tea cup when lost 8k $ scene. Still trying to figure that out.
I believe that’s the same antique death’s head watch prop, just repositioned behind the tea cup.
What about the stuff next to the skull on the desk.
What is that?
I think that’s a wax letter sealing kit.
Supposedly, due probably to the Hays Code, lost footage shows Clarence who appears to Potter to admonish him for keeping the $8000 & allowing George Bailey to contemplate suicide. We all would love to see that scene