FOUR readers identified last week's Craven Curiosity.

Anne Lindsey, Julian Sleath, Jonathan Mosley and David Henderson said it was a watch chain for a pocket or fob-style watch.

And Mr Mosley added: "It could be from a watch with a small winder on the end, nicknamed an Albert!"

Experts at Craven Museum and Gallery says: "It was a woman’s watch chain which would have been used to secure a pocket watch to a belt loop, lapel or waistcoat.

"The chain is a heavy triple link chain with a key-shaped end. The chain's entire length is 70mm (2.75 in). Often if a chain was too cumbersome or likely to catch on things, then a leather strap or a fob would have been used instead.

"Pocket watches were first developed in the 16th century and were the most popular form of watch until the First World War when the trench watch was developed as pocket watches were not suitable for battle. The watch had hinged front and back covers like a pocket watch but was worn on the wrist.

"Wrist watches evolved from this design."

All items featured in this column can be viewed at the Craven District Council-run museum which is located at Skipton Town Hall.

Meanwhile, we are inviting guesses about this week’s mystery object. Suggestions can be emailed to, to arrive no later than noon on Monday.