The fusee movements in early pocket watches would not run unless they were kept vertical, hence the reason that men who carried watches always kept them in a “watch” pocket in their trousers or vest by day, or hung them on a hook in a desk, or in a custom-make watch box placed within sight of their bed at night.
With the growth of affordable watches in the early 19th century, commercially produced stands such as this one proliferated in the popular market as a place to hold one’s watch by night. This stand was probably produced in England for the American market.
This piece survives in a fine state of preservation with expected wear to brass surface. There is minor scattered evidence of the original tinted varnish finish surviving in a number of areas.