Antique Timepiece Drop Spindle No.222 - Circa 1800 England - Hand-Painted Watch Dial - Free Insured Shipping (US)
Antique Timepiece (STEAMPUNK) Style Drop Spindle No.222:
Circa 1800 (Made in England) Hand Painted Polychrome Porcelain Verge Fusee Pocket Watch Dial
Weight: 1.2 ounce (36 grams), Whorl: Acrylic .4” x 2.24” (10mm x 57mm)
Shaft: .112” (2.8mm) dia. Metallic Champagne x Overall Length: 8.2” (21cm)
Made from a total of 115 individual pieces, the centerpiece of this Antique Timepiece (aka "STEAMPUNK") Drop Spindle is quite a rare and beautiful find.. a Circa 1800 - made in England Verge Fusee style pocket watch dial with a hand-painted (polychrome over white porcelain-enamel) religious/Christian scene. In my search for antique dials and watch parts/movements, this is the first dial that I've come across with a religious painting and I am very fortunate to acquire it from a source in London, England. The dial was removed from the movement and case (which was scrapped for gold) in the 1970's and suffered only minor damage, and it's been sitting around for another 4+ decades in a watchmaker's workshop in England before making its way into my hands. I stabilized the delicate porcelain with a solvent based sealer to keep it from decaying further, then filled the missing areas with gold leaf paint and coated it with epoxy resin that offers a no-snag and long life finish . The dial is laminated to a 1/8" thick acrylic disc - then mounted to a metallic champagne steel shaft and is surrounded by 4 brass winding gears and 36 Blue Zircon and Lt. Colorado Topaz color Preciosa Czech crystal rhinestones. The bottom side of this top-whorl drop spindle has an array of large size 20 Siam and Light Colorado Topaz crystals mounted inside a large tarnished silver plated floral pendant that is surrounded with 48 more Blue Zircon and Lt Colorado Topaz crystals, and is finished off with a brass filigree bead cap and silver and gold plated findings - all mounted around the Metallic Champagne steel shaft. This is a wonderful lighter to medium weight spindle with a well balanced and long spin.
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.
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Hand crafted in Tucson, AZ, by John Galen Gudenkauf (owner/artist) with US and Global Material