Add to this the gadgets and contraptions of steam technology:
Goggles may be because of all that airship flight in the open cockpits or it may be because of the recent natural calamities, or as Cherie Priest explained in her novel, Boneshaker, it protects from a poisonous gas.
Clocks, gears, etc. symbolize craftsmanship in a time when the ordinary person could still make things, tinker with things, and create the extraordinary as ‘armchair amateurs.’ The sturdy materials, the polished work seen in the smallest workings of a watch or the gigantic functions of steel, bronze, or iron, all reflect that desire to return to a more anchored reality,
--Marilyn A. Hudson