A collection of four gilt verge watch cocks ranging in date from the 1770s to 1805 period. These little treasures once supported the balance-staff pivot and protected the balance wheel inside the verge watch of the 17th and 18th centuries. Each cover was individually pierced, cut and chased in the workshop usually by women or girls. The cover was then gilded in a high karat gilding. The level of craftsmanship is superb and you will therefore never find two covers that are exactly the same. In later years, when pocket watches declined in fashion, instead of discarding such highly crafted pieces; Victorian jewelers salvaged them and often turned them in to wearable items of lady's jewelry.
These now make a great item for conversion to a piece of jewelry or art.
These rarer designed original examples (not your usual Grotesque faces) are ready to display or be made into jewelry.
Cover 1 - Scrolling foliage with a central roundel under which is a stately Eagle with outstretched wings. 35 mm tall
Cover 2 - Rare crown flanked by two flying Griffin/birds. The central scene shows a bird above a coiled serpent. 35 mm tall
Cover 3 - A fanciful exotic bird/Griffin creature surrounded by scrolling foliage 32 mm tall
Cover 4 - A rare and sought after crown flanked by trophies flags, scrolling motifs and base roundel containing a side profile head of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson by William Ryley, Birmingham 1807. 35 mm tall, Circa 1805
Also separately selling a set of 3 from the same previous owner.
Condition: All good and strong, varying degrees of brightness of gilding.
Shipping: FREE Air Tracked postage
18th Century Georgian Gilt Watch Cocks x 4, incl rare Lord Nelson Commemorative and Snake Serpent and Griffin Birds
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