A collection of three gilt verge watch cocks ranging in date from the 1770s to 1820 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 rarer designed original examples (not your usual Grotesque faces) are ready to display or be made into jewelry.
Cover 1 - Much larger than the others, a vase containing scrolling foliage under which is a female angel/putti face. 39 mm tall circa 1708
Cover 2 - An English key hole shaped balance cock with ornate flowers to the top and the word PATENT underneath. 31 mm tall
Cover 3 - A rare crown flanked by birds, scrolling motifs and base roundel containing a side profile head of King George III with Laurel crown. Circa 1820
Condition: All good and strong. Cover 3 of the portrait profile has historic solder repairs.
Shipping: FREE Air Tracked postage
18th Century Georgian Gilt Watch Cocks x 3, incl rare George III Profile AF
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