STEAMPUNK Style Drop Spindle No.118 - RARE Re-Purposed Antique Watch Dial - Free Shipping (US)
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Antique Timepiece (STEAMPUNK) Style Drop Spindle No.118:
UNIQUE AND RARE (Circa 1900) Red Enamel Guilloche Pocket Watch Dial - 2" Acrylic Whorl with Antique Watch Dial, and Antique to Vintage Watch Gears, Ruby Jewels and Components set onto a Metallic Candy-Apple-Red Shaft
Weight: 1.3 ounce (38 grams)
Whorl: Acrylic 1/8” x 2” (3.2mm x 5.1cm)
Shaft: 3/32” dia. Metallic Candy-Apple-Red
Overall Length: 8.75” (22.2cm)
This STEAMPUNK Drop Spindle design stems from the use of a VERY RARE Fancy Guilloche red enamel dial with inlaid gold Arabic numbers that was once mounted on a US Made Waltham Watch Company pocket watch. There is a solid gold balance wheel and escapement wheel mounted onto the second hand space along with a steel winding gear and ruby jewel. The dial is permanently mounted to a 2" polished stainless steel pendant - then mounted to the acrylic whorl - it's then all coated with 2 thick layers of epoxy resin finish (approximately 3/32" thick).
Although the dial does have several hairline cracks in the glass enamel that are visible. - this is one of the most gorgeous and unusual dials I have ever seen The dial is made by a technique called Guilloché, which is a decorative technique in which a very precise, intricate and repetitive pattern (called engine-turning) is mechanically engraved into the polished sterling silver underlying material. It is then fired with enameled “red” colored glass enamel over it - then adorned with solid gold Arabic numerals.
The WHORL is made from a laser cut acrylic disc that I've edge milled and polished to soften the edges. The shaft is made from high carbon (spring) steel with a forged hook that has a 2-part powder coat paint finish applied for a beautiful look and feel. All components are assembled with an industrial 2-part epoxy glue.
The bottom side of this top-whorl drop spindle has a gold plated 1" diameter bead cap and 18 Siam and Crystal AB Swarovsi Crystal rhinestones mounted to the surface and is finished off with a multi-crystal spacer and gold plated findings. AS A BONUS - this is a great spinning spindle and is actually quite durable and should last a lifetime.
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Hand crafted in Tucson, AZ, by John Galen Gudenkauf (owner/artist) with US and Global Materials.