Classic watches, watchmaking, antique tools, history, vintage ephemera and more!

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Cover it Up

These look like something one might find in a kitchen but perhaps missing their bottoms. Actually, the two at the left are antiques from a 100 year old shop with a connection to my family. They are made to cover watch works in progress and parts, to keep dust out. And here's a tip - on the right is a wine glass with it's base broken off. It does this job nicely.
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