Antique Timepiece Drop Spindle No.232 - Circa 1860 Swiss Lutz Brothers Porcelain Watch Dial - Free Shipping (US)

  • $ 125.00

Antique Timepiece (STEAMPUNK) Style Drop Spindle No.230:
Circa 1860 - Swiss Made - Fusee Style White Porcelain Enamel "Lutz Brothers - Marine Time Piece" Pocket Watch Dial 

Weight: 1.3 ounce (39 grams), Whorl: Acrylic 2.23” (57mm), Shaft: .106” (2.7mm) dia. Steel Shaft in Metallic Emerald Green x 8.5” (21.6cm) length...  This is an amazingly well balanced medium weight drop spindle that will be great for spinning a wide variety of fibers.

PARTS/ASSEMBLY: Made from a total of 42 individual pieces, the centerpiece of this Antique Timepiece (aka "STEAMPUNK") Drop Spindle is a Swiss Made (half hunter style) white porcelain enamel Lever Fusee pocket watch dial made by Lutz Brothers of Locle, Switzerland and New York, USA... marked "MARINE TIME PIECE." Parts used in this spindle include the dial, authentic vintage and antique watch parts – including a large drive and winding wheels/gears, 15 Swarovski crystal rhinestones, a large polished steel winding barrel (bottom), and gold plated and brass findings. The perimeter of the whorl is tinted with green mica and the dial is coated in a thick layer of epoxy resin for a no-snag and long life finish. The shaft is made from high-carbon/spring steel with a heat forged hook and professionally applied powder-coat paint. All components are assembled with an industrial 2-part epoxy glue.

HISTORY...  This particular watch was an import to the USA watch that would have been sold by the Lutz Brothers of New York, and it would have been used in a half hunter style case (like the example in the images.  SWISS MADE WATCHES: The Swiss became dominant watchmakers following the religious upheavals of the early 16th century. Many wars of religion forced civilians to become refugees across the European continent. Some of these refugees moved to Switzerland, especially Geneva and took their watchmaking expertise with them. Of note, French Huguenots fled persecution in France and brought with them their watchmaking knowledge from France. Additionally, a ban on gold jewelry in the city of Geneva, Switzerland drove the goldsmiths and jewelers to turn to watchmaking as an alternative instead of escaping the city.  Unlike gold jewelry, watches were not banned and resulted in a lucrative market for the jewelers. The Swiss watch industry greatly expanded from these circumstances and thus the Swiss industry was born. 

A wide variety Swiss (analog watch – Circa 1600 - 1950) movements were made from the ornately hand carved and pierced gilt brass movements to less decorated and utilitarian brass and nickel plated alloy movements. Dials were also made in a very wide variety of designs - including fancy silver and gold alloys with ornate carvings, full color/hand painted polychrome works of art on porcelain enamel, common white and colored porcelain enamel dials with hand painted and silkscreen printed numerals and markings, and plated base metal dials.

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Hand crafted in Tucson, AZ, by John Galen Gudenkauf (owner/artist) with US and Global Material