This antique French 18 karat gold watch key is circa 1820. It was used to wind a pocket watch and now so very popular worn on a chain or cord.
The large oval stone is chalcedony, a milky white color that becomes blue depending on the background color. I have posted several pictures of the colors created from this beautiful stone. The setting is handmade, and it retains the original steel winding mechanism.
The top ring rotates so it is easy to join with a chain or cord.
It is in very good condition with minor signs of wear. There is a tiny split at the tip of the original steel winding mechanism adding to its charm as a utilitarian piece of jewelry. There is a tiny ding on the bottom gold ball, mentioned for accuracy and not noticeable when worn. French guarantee stamps for 18 karat gold are on the top swivel.
This form which is representative of the early 19th century, is very desirable. I search for early, antique gold keys on every trip to Paris and they are difficult to find.
Worn long or near the neck, it is so lovely and unique.
France, circa 1820
+++Please note all items listed as silver or gold are either marked or have been tested to verify the metal content+++
Antique French Gold Chalcedony Watch Key Circa 1820