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Antique French Gilt Guilloche Enamel Ladies Watch with Chain
This gorgeous 19th C. French brilliant turquoise blue guilloche enamel pocket watch is decorated with numerous gilt leaves on both front and back. Although this watch is not in working order (runs shortly then quits), this piece makes a great pendant necklace. The watch measures 1 1/16" in diameter and is suspended on a 22 1/2" Victorian gold filled chain. The white enamel face is marked "Bijou" and has gold colored hands and gold accent marks at each black numeral. The glass covering is still in very good condition. The turquoise enameling does have some loss however. The loss is on the side edges, perhaps from someone not opening the watch carefully. There are several areas of edge enamel loss, so please look carefully at photos. There is also a couple very small darkened spots on the gilt leaves on the side with the watch face. These flaws are hard to notice when worn--it's quite pretty. As far as the metal goes, many of these cases were gilt silver, although I see no silver marks on this piece so perhaps it is rose gold filled (??), or perhaps a combination, since I do see silver coloring right below the enamel edge. The inside marks are worn and hard to read, but what I can make out is "Brevete" ("Patent" in French), a worn "Enamel Giant"(I believe), EMA???Extra(worn) Solid, and "Swiss".
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: turquoise blue/gold, Size: M
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Robin Ray, Boulder, CO
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