Antique Timepiece Pendant Necklace No.34 - c.1870 Fusee Watch Movement by Schreiber Bro’s of Dublin, Ireland - FREE SHIPPING (US)
Antique Timepiece (Steampunk) Pendant Necklace No.34
c.1870 Fusee Watch Movement (Upper/Pillar Plates) by Schreiber Brothers Clock & Watch Makers & Jewelers of Dublin, Ireland - Includes Chain!
INCLUDES 4MM ROPE CHAIN: Choose from
18" Polished Stainless Steel or
18" or 20" Gold Plated Stainless Steel
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Weight: 1.0 ounce (31 grams), Diameter/Width: 1.5” (38mm), Height w/Bail: 1.92”(49mm), Thickness: .43” (11mm)
The centerpiece of this pendant is the complete upper and pillar plates from a Circa 1870 Irish Lever Fusee pocket watch movement by Schreiber Brothers - Clock and Watch Makers of Dublin Ireland. This is a fairly rare piece since Ireland was not a center of watchmaking industry - so finding this one was a real treat! The upper plate is complete with it's ornate floral design carved brass balance cock and polished steel balance wheel and parts and is now repurposed into this heirloom piece of jewelry. The upper plate was disassembled and each component is painstakingly polished, metallic foil added underneath the balance wheel, re-assembled, crystals added, then coated in a thick layer of epoxy resin. The Pillar Plate was cleaned and prepared - along with shortening the Egyptian Pillars - and is mounted to the upper plate and adorned with a multi crystal spacer and Emerald and Emerald AB Swarovski crystal rhinestones (in between the two plates).
The movement is mounted to a 1/16" acrylic disc that has a cut-out for the gold plated bail and a pour of emerald green and gold mica tinted epoxy completely encapsulates the bail, making it a permanent part of the pendant. The larger diameter bail will fit most chains without the need for additional mounting rings.
History of FUSEE WATCH MOVEMENTS: a fusee (from the French fusée, wire wound around a spindle) is a cone-shaped pulley with a helical groove around it, wound with a cord or chain which is attached to the mainspring barrel. Fusees were made throughout Europe and The US and used in portable pocket watches from the early 1600’s - early 1900’s to improve timekeeping by equalizing the uneven pull of the mainspring as it ran down. Fusee movements were eventually fazed out and by the mid 19th century; Swiss and American watchmaking industries exclusively employed the going barrel with the cylinder escapement - significantly improving timekeeping precision. England continued to make the bulkier full plate fusee watches until about 1900.
A wide variety movements were made - from hand made Verge Fusee with ornately hand carved and pierced/filigree components of the 17th through 19th century - to less decorated and more utilitarian brass and nickel plated alloy movements of the 20th century when mechanized techniques were employed.
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- Hand crafted in Tucson, AZ, by John Galen Gudenkauf (owner/artist) with US and Global Materials.