There was a cardboard box in my parents' closet where dad's "war stuff" was kept. There was a collection of paper money and coins from the countries where he saw action, a cream-colored set of those ugly "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkeys, and a fancy German dress sword that dad said a dying German officer gave to him. (Dad spoke fluid German--I can imagine he talked to the man who said, "Ich brauche nicht mehr machen - nehmen Sie es" (I don't need this anymore--you take it)--that was dad's account, anyway.
There were decks of cards and a few letters home, a couple of pipes (one that looked like the kind Heidi's Grandfather smoked in the book, with a little metal cover on the bowl** and a piece of horn in the stem)....and there was a delicate woman's wrist watch. Last night, by instant messenger, Larry and I examined the watch, since the other artifacts were sold after mom died in 1996.
These photos make it look big and less elongated than it really is. We're pretty sure those are seed pearls around the face, and Larry read that jewelry with 40 pearls (like this) would have been given as a gift on a womans' 40th birthday. It isn't marked very well as to maker--there are two imprints on the back, but they're poorly stamped, and we think the word SWISS is below the 6, tho it's incredibly tiny. I wound it last night, and it ran for about 5 hours....incredibly. A dime covers most of the watch.
I've always wondered what town it came from, and whose house, and if anyone missed it....ya know?
**Research always brings knowledge, and new answers for Trivial Pursuits: A MEERSCHAUM pipe is a light colored sort of stone bowl, and a BRIAR pipe is made from the burl or root of Erica Arborea, a member of the heather family. It closely resembles a dwarf tree, since it grows to no more than fifteen to twenty feet high.
Found chiefly on the shores of the Mediterranean basin, its development depends on climate and soil. The burls are roots just under the ground.