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ca 1912 Sterling Silver Porcelain Dial Women's Swiss Pocket Watch Hunter Case
We are pleased to offer this incredible 1912, beautifully detailed sterling silver pocket watch. The watch case is made entirely of .925 sterling silver and the stem crown is solid 9KT yellow gold.
Completed in 1912, by famed silversmith Arthur George Rendell, it features some of the most astounding hand-chased ornamentation we have ever seen.
The dial (front) and case (back) covers are completely covered in a hand-hammered and engraved array of elegant florals.
The back cover features a stylized floral shield design in the center while the front cover exhibits a blank shield-shaped cartouche.
The outer edge which encases the mechanism is also adorned with a pattern of radiant florals.
The mechanism is Swiss-made and features a stamped mark which reads "Made in Switzerland".
As you can see, the dial is made of beautiful white and light pink porcelain and boasts beautiful hand-painted Roman numerals in a lovely shade of cobalt blue.
You will notice that 4 o'clock is represented as "IIII" rather than "IV".
Also, traditional in vintage to antique pocket watches the dial is set so the stem is positioned at 3 o'clock and the hinge is positioned at 9 o'clock.
It is said that upon commissioning a new clock, King Louis XIV of France insisted that the four be represented this way as it was easier to read.
Ever since, this has been a tradition and clock and watch-making.
The numerals are surrounded by a frame of golden enamel florals while a more symmetrical golden pattern adorns the center.
The dial features gold graceful "Seine" hands (named for the Parisian river).
You will find a number sterling marks stamped on the interior of the dial cover, the first of which reads "925", indicating the fineness of the silver.
This is followed by the era's import mark for London (the symbol of the constellation Leo).
Next is the mark of the watch manufacturer, Arthur George Rendell (AGR separated by three dots) and the style number, "540386". The case is also marked "A·G·R", which refers to Arthur George Rendell of Clerkenwell Road, London who were importers of Swiss watches from 1907.
A capital letter "K" is stamped at the base. All of these marks are stamped again on the interior of the case cover and the interior of the mechanism cover.
The stem is stamped "925" on the dial side and the loop is stamped with the London import mark as well as "925".
The covers and stamped outer edge show a lighter patina while the interior sterling frame (around the face) is covered with a dark coat of oxidization.
We have not polished the piece, but leave that to the buyer's preference; we know this beauty will shine brightly.
Overall, this elegant pocket watch remains in very good vintage (one year to antique!) condition. It is hand wind and in is good working order.
It is a real beauty.
Measurements: Pocket watch is 2" tall (to top of loop), Case is 1 ½" in diameter and 3/8" thick Weight: 35.9 grams (1.27 oz)
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Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: Silver, Size: 1 1/2 inches
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