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Rare Decorative Steel Watch Chain with Appendages of Crank Key & Miniature Tools, c1780
This attractive steel chain has a split ring at the top for attachment to a watch. Such a watch would have been held in a fob pocket with only the chain visible on the outside. It consists of long links passing to a disc decorated with fine cut-steel beads and four rings for attachment of appendages. Three of these now hold age-correct items. One is a rare articulated crank key, another is a simple watch key and the third is a delightful piece including miniature corkscrew, tiny button hook and stiletto. These appear to be hinged and may move more with oiling. The overall condition of the piece is excellent for age with no visible rust. This would be a lovely addition to one of your 18th century watches or as part of a collection of unusual watch accessories. Maximum length 7.75 ins (19.6cm). Weight 18 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 34.
Gender: Male, Age Group: Adult, Color: Steel, Size: Maximum length 7.75 ins (19.6cm). Weight 18 grams.
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Genevieve Cummins, Sydney, Australia
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