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A“Marvel”-ous Pin Indeed

To celebrate the exhibition “Making Marvels,” our newest enamel pin has a few extra-special features

The Met’s just-opened exhibition Making Marvels: Science & Splendor at the Courts of Europe brings together an unprecedented array of clocks, jewels, miniatures, scientific instruments, and other pieces that dazzled aristocratic connoisseurs of early modern Europe. To celebrate the ingenuity of the makers who created these extraordinary objects, we set out to design our newest enamel pin in a new way—and even make it move a little, too.

Calendar watch. Thomas Alcock (British, recorded working 1630, died before 1688). Movement: gilt brass, steel, partly blued, and silver; diam. 1-3/4 in.; ca. 1650. Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.1470)

 

We started with an intricate calendar watch in The Met collection. Originally made by Thomas Alcock, who worked in London in the 1630s, the silver and gilt timepiece based has a handsome dial featuring an evocative “man in the moon” against a starry blue background—adapted here for our interpretation.

 

To echo Alcock’s mechanisms, we created two discs, one on top of the other. Covered in many-pointed stars and with a small aperture, the outer disc rotates around the inner one, revealing the phases of the moon—and the “man” inside. 

 

Add a celestial accent to your hat, lapel, or bag with this charming accessory, and turn the hands of time as often as you want. Shop this design today, as well as other products inspired by Making Marvels, at store.metmuseum.org.

Phases of the Moon Rotating Enamel Pin, $10

 

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