Kudos to the watchmakers of the 1700s to 1800s. When they broke up old watches for parts and melting, they saved the beautiful hand pierced cock covers that protected the watches' balance wheels. These had been hand made by woman and young children whose hands were small enough to do this delicate intricate work. Some of the complex pierced designs took days and even weeks to complete. Each one was different. Each was a true miniature work of art.
In the late 1800s, Victorian women who saw these watch cock pieces recognized how unique and special they were and jewelers started turning the watch cocks into necklaces, pins and bracelets.
This Victorian necklace is circa 1885. It has seven watch cocks...one more beautiful than the next. Each is pierced with elaborate foliate designs. The center watch cock is set with a genuine old cut diamond. It's small but it still has plenty of twinkle.
The watch cocks are heavily gilded on brass. The necklace has the original Victorian chain with a secure screw barrel closure.
Necklace measures 17 inches around. It weighs 32.6 grams. The watch cocks are about 1 1/2 inches long. This unique necklace is in excellent antique condition. It's just a fantastic piece of jewelry...so unique and with a story to tell.
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