The seven suspended decorations started life back in the late 1700's as Fugee verge covers ( dust covers) inside 18th century pocket watches. Each metal cover was individually pierced, cut and ornately chased in the workshop usually by women or girls, some say the highly decorative engraved designs were to ward of evil spirits. The cover was then gilded in a rich, high karat buttery gilding. The level of craftsmanship is superb and you will therefore never find two covers that are exactly the same. It is amazing to think that so much detail was put into a component that was not seen!! In later years, when pocket watches declined in fashion, instead of discarding such highly crafted pieces; mid century Victorian jewelers salvaged them and turned them in to wearable items of lady's jewelry.
This antique watch cock cover necklace is a unique item of very wearable antique jewelry that will definitely separate you from the crowd.
The necklace measures 18.25" long. Each watch cover measures 1.25" high. The weight of this necklace is 0.9 oz (25 g).
The watch covers have intricate cut work designs of flowers, scrolling foliage, a rare exotic bird and two covers have faces at their base of a classical wind blowing face with billowing cheeks.The gilded chain is the 19th century original.
Condition - Having retailed watch cock jewelry many times in the past twenty years, we are delighted to report that the buttery gilding on this necklace is in superb, glowing condition. Each watch-cock cover is in very good condition. However, the gilded chain has had a replacement fastener and a small linked repair, approx 1" along from the fastener, you may wish to consider replacing the chain.
This is a real conversation item for the collectible connoisseur; it also makes a unique gift.
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