Antique Timepiece Pendant Necklace No.32 - c.1840 Verge Fusee Movement by John Gleave of Liverpool, England - FREE SHIPPING (US)

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Antique Timepiece (Steampunk) Necklace Pendant No.32
Circa 1840 Verge Fusee Watch Movement (Complete Upper Plate) by John Gleave of Liverpool, England… Chain Included

18" Polished Stainless Steel or 
18" or 20" Gold Plated Stainless Steel 
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Weight: 0.9 ounce (26 grams),  Diameter/Width: 1.57” (40mm),  Height w/Bail: 2.02”(51mm),  Thickness: .27” (7mm)

A Stunningly beautiful example of old world craftsmanship that's been repurposed into an heirloom piece of jewelry.  The centerpiece of this necklace pendant is the complete upper plate of a circa 1840 English Verge Fusee pocket watch movement - with its intricately hand carved/pierced filigree design and unique features, such as the hand pointing at the speed adjust plate and the Grotesque Mask on the balance cock.  The plate is disassembled and each component is painstakingly polished, metallic foil added underneath the filigree parts, re-assembled, crystals added, then coated in a thick layer of epoxy resin for a no-snag, smooth, and long life finish.  

The finished upper plate is mounted to a 1/16" acrylic disc, which has a cut-out for the gold plated bail and a pour of light purple and pearl mica tinted epoxy completely encapsulates the bail and disc - making it a permanent part of the pendant.  The sides of the finished pendant are polished to a smooth finish and 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.