Antique Timepiece (STEAMPUNK) Drop Spindle and Pendant Set No.1 - Free Shipping (US)
Antique Timepiece (Steampunk Style) Drop Spindle and Pendant Set No.1
$160.00 Spindle/$179.00 Pendant - Set Includes:
1-Antique Timepiece (Steampunk) Drop Spindle with a rare J.P.Hamlin "Swiss Fake" 14kt gold and porcelain pocket watch dial, two polished nickel pocket watch bezels, a large vintage brass clock gear, all sent onto a metallic Champagne Shaft.
- Weight: 1.5 ounce (44 grams),
- Whorl: Nickel 3/8"thick x 2.1” (9.5mm x 53mm),
- Shaft: 3/32” dia. and 8.75” (22.2cm) overall Length
This Antique Timepiece (Steampunk) Drop Spindle design stems from the use of a rare and fancy J.P. Hamlin "Swiss Fake" porcelain with ornate 14kt gold metal overlay and embellished with an antique balance wheel, fusee drive wheel, and ruby jewel - all coated in 2 thick layers of epoxy resin for a lifetime finish. The WHORL is made from two antique polished nickel pocket watch bezels, a thick acrylic ring that is epoxy glued in between the bezels, a vintage steel winding barrel, and a vintage 1.75" diameter clock gear and cog - accented with gold plated findings top and bottom.
1-Two-Sided Antique Timepiece (Steampunk) Pendant is made from the top plate of the same movement that belongs with the drop spindle. This movement plate has been fully disassembled down to the individual components - then the brass parts are spun on my lathe and a circular pattern is etched into the flat surface, which leaves a pattern that bounces the light off of the otherwise (fairly) dull 110+ year old brass. I also polish up the balance cock (ornate pierced piece on top that covers the balance wheel) and the steel balance wheel. I drill out the holes where the winding gear stem and other mounting pieces are now missing (since this is one half of the watch), and add Swarovski crystals to the holes before re-assembling and coating the finished piece with smooth and clear epoxy resin, which preserves the shine and beauty and eliminates the chance of clothes and hair from snagging in the pendant.
The reverse side of the pendant has a 1.75" vintage clock gear and a multitude of winding and drive gears and Swarovski crystal rhinestones - all coated in thick epoxy resin. PENDANT SIZE is 1.74" (44mm) diameter/2.3" (59mm) tall with gold plated bail
HISTORY: J.P. Hamlin (Swiss “fake”) circa 1890 to 1910: In an effort to earn a share of US watch market, Swiss watch manufacturers produced watches that superficially resembled American railroad-grade pocket watches, but were of lower quality and sold at a much lower price. Many had names that closely resembled the names or initials of US manufacturers & watch models. These name choices were quite deliberately chosen to be deceptive, and were often engraved in lettering that copied the style of the original watches. J.P. Hamlin, which was not the name of a real watchmaker or manufacturer, and other import pocket watches were the subject of Tariff Hearings Before the US House Committee on Ways and Means...1908-1909 brought by the Hamilton Watch Co. of USA as they sought to curb deceptive watch imports and sales.
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Hand crafted in Tucson, AZ, by John Galen Gudenkauf (owner/artist) with US and Global Materials.