Antique Timepiece Support Spindle No.157 - Circa 1880-US Made - New Era Pocket Watch Dial with Rainbow Art - Free Shipping (US Only)
Vintage Timepiece (aka Steampunk/ ONE OF A KIND) TIBETAN STYLE/SIZE Support Spindle No.157 - Circa 1880 - Made in USA - The New Era (Lancaster Watch Co.) Watch Dial with Rainbow Art and an Antique Brass Grandfather Clock Weight Pulley
WEIGHT: 1.8 oz. (52g), WHORL: 1.77” (45) diameter, SHAFT: this is the Larger of the 2 that I make = .138" (3.5mm) dia. x 8.3" (21.1cm) length in Hi-Gloss Plum Velvet
Made from 52 individual pieces, the centerpiece of this support spindle is white porcelain enamel (over copper) "The New Era U.S.A." pocket watch dial - made by the Lancaster Watch Company. The dial was specially prepared and a rainbow design commercial art transfer is adhered to it and adorned with vintage and antique watch gears, a period correct balance wheel, brass escapement wheel, watch screws, and a polished, and 26 Preciosa Czech crystal rhinestones - then coated with a thick layer of epoxy resin for a no-snag and long life finish. The dial is mounted to an antique brass grandfather clock weight cable pulley and filled (between arms and outer rim) with purple tinted epoxy resin - then mounted to the Plum Velvet color powder-coat painted hi-carbon/spring steel shaft with a heat forged hook. The bottom side of the whorl is adorned with a steel winding barrel, 6 additional crystals, a large 6-petal gold plated bead cap, and finished off with gold plated findings (top and bottom). All components are mounted with a industrial 2-part epoxy. This is a very well balanced, medium weight spindle that spins forever and will be wonderful for spinning a wide variety of fibers.
HISTORY: This was a company with a brief and rocky path and a lot of moving parts! The Adams & Perry Watch Manufacturing Co. was incorporated in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on September 26, 1874 and after numerous manufacturing complications and delays, this company ceased operations without producing any watches, and on May 16, 1876 - it is reorganized with new directors - and the Lancaster Watch Company was officially formed in August of 1877. With a production run of only 215,000 watches, the company ceased operation in 1893. Lancaster was sold to their successor, the Keystone Watch Company in 1886, and after another brief history and only 48,000 watches produced and eventual bankruptcy, the company assets were acquired by their successor - the Hamilton Watch Co. in 1892.
- NO-HOOK OPTION: please leave note upon check-out - removes 1/2" of total length
- FREE SHIPPING - US ONLY: Applies to All US States and Select US Territories and ships via USPS 1st Class Mail and includes insurance and tracking. Upgraded and expedited shipping options available at check-out.
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Hand crafted in Tucson, AZ, by John Galen Gudenkauf (owner/artist) with US and Global Materials.