Although Watch Keys are not my area of expertise, I really love the look of this wonderful Antique Key. One side has an extremely beautiful piece of Mother of Pearl, and the other a natural piece of Agate. The Mother of Pearl has just a rainbow of colors and an exceptional piece was chosen. The other side has a blue and tan, or light purple piece of natural Agate. The key is very ornate and finely crafted. The Key is Gold Filled or Rolled Gold and has been embossed and hand chased. One side of the key is hollow and the other solid.
The key measures 1 3/8" long x 5/8" across the largest section. I see no loss to the gold in fact, I tested it to see if perhaps it was a low Karat gold. Being my lowest acid is 10K it is not testing for that. It is possible that it is a very low Karat however I am stating Rolled Gold. I see not damage to note. Both the MOP and the Agate are in beautiful condition. It is unclear to me as to weather there was a Bale or O ring originally. I do not see any sign of anything missing. I believe a bale or O ring could be added by an experienced jeweler so that the key might be worn on a watch chain or perhaps added to a charm bracelet. Regardless, it truly is a piece of beauty which I believe would be a terrific addition to any Antique Watch or Watch Key collection. European in Origin, Late Georgian or Early Victorian Circa 1850. Questions are always welcome.
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