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Boudoir small clock
Waterbury Boudoir clock Image ID123: All rights reserved, Bordloub

A boudoir clock is a small clock with or without an alarm, used to be placed in the 19th century on a table or credenza in a woman’s bedroom or a private room near a bedroom, usually named at the time boudoir. They appeared in England and France in the 1860s. Sometimes the boudoir clock had an alarm, but this is not a feature. Here’s an example of my collection: a small Waterbury clock in gold spelter from the late 19th century. Note the small hand for the seconds.
Nowadays, except for those specific old boudoir clocks, we should use the term bedside clock.

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