Antique 18th Century Watch Cock Necklace English 1790's
This is a unique item of very wearable antique jewelry that will definitely separate you from the crowd.
The seven suspended decorations started life back in the late 1700's as verge covers ( dust covers) inside 18th century pocket watches. Each metal cover was individually pierced, cut and chased in the workshop usually by women or girls. The cover was then gilded in a buttery 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 turned them in to wearable items of lady's jewelry.
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 their 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.
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