This antique French 18 karat gold and cornelian watch key is bold and beautiful. It has a large beveled bezel set translucent cornelian in a fine gold mount.
It retains a French guarantee stamp for gold, of a ram's head (last photo) which also dates this to the years 1819-1838. It is completely original and in excellent condition. It would have been the key to a very fine watch carried by an aristocratic gentlemen.
It measures a bold 1 5/8ths from the top loop X 1 5/8ths across the top.
I love these early keys which carry the hidden story of years gone by. I can imagine the every day routine of winding a beautiful watch to mark someone's daily life almost two hundred years ago,
Today it is gracefully worn by woman on a long gold chain or black cord. I have a picture of it joined with a French chain (item #2290) which is available on this web site and is a perfect complement to the key.
So very unique and timeless in appeal.
France, circa 1830
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