Prince William V pocketwatch
An important silver 'pair-case' pocket watch, inner and outer case signed: LONDON 1787-88 No. 2037 and the sterling silver marks.
The dial in white enamel, and in the center polychrome enamel painted portraits of Prince William V of Orange-Nassau and his consort Princess Frederica Sophia Wilhelmina of Prussia.
And the text: P.W.D.5. of Orange. Frederica Sophia Wilhelmina. On the movement the text; Vivat William the fifth, Prince of Orange and Nassau.
Diam:. 7 cm
England. London 1787-88
Portrets of Prince William V of Orange-Nassau en Princess Frederica Sophia Wilhelmina of Prussia painted by Johann Friedrich August Tischbein in 1789. In the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
The year 1787 is an important year in the history of the Netherlands as on 28 June of that year princess of Orange - Nassau was arrested near Gouda, while on her way to The Haque. 'She had been stopped by armed Patriots who feared that she would spark a rising of Orangists if she were allowed to appear in The Hague. The princess was unharmed and was released two days later. Yet Prussia’s king Frederick William II felt unable to allow this insult to his sister to go unpunished. In the autumn of 1787, Prussian troops moved in and restored Orange control over the entire country. Some 40,000 Patriots fled the country, most to France.' Rijksmuseum.
|Period:||1750 - 1900|
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