No.165 Antique Timepiece Support Spindle - Circa 1880 Lancaster Watch Co. New Era Pocket Watch Dial w/Locomotive Steampunk Design - Free Shipping (US Only)

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Antique Timepiece (aka Steampunk/ONE OF A KIND) TIBETAN STYLE/SIZE Support Spindle No.165 
Circa 1880 – Porcelain Enamel “New Era” (Lancaster Watch Co.) Locomotive Design Pocket Watch Dial and Grandfather Clock Wheel Whorl

 2.0 oz. (57g), WHORL: 1.71” (43) diameter, SHAFT:  Larger Size .140" (3.5mm) diameter x 8.6" (21.8 cm) length in Metallic Candy Apple Red

Made from 57 individual pieces, the centerpiece of this spindle is a Circa 1880, made in the USA by the Lancaster Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, porcelain enamel pocket watch dial with red numerals and a Locomotive design - adorned with a multitude of interlocking vintage and antique watch gears and parts - all coated in two thick layers of epoxy resin for a long life/no snag finish.  PARTS USED: The dial, vintage and antique (authentic) watch and clock gears, wheels, and screws, a large brass antique grandfather clock weight pulley, Siam colored Swarovski crystal rhinestones, and gold and silver plated findings - all mounted to a metallic candy apple red powder-coat-painted spring steel shaft with a heat forged hook.  All components are bonded with industrial epoxy adhesive.

This is an extremely well balanced spindle with plenty of weight and a larger diameter whorl that spins forever - and it will work great for spinning a wide variety of fibers.

HISTORY of Lancaster Watch Company and the New Era brand: 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, of which “New Era” and  “The New Era” was a trade/brand name, was officially formed and begun production 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 after eventual bankruptcy, the company assets were acquired by their successor - the Hamilton Watch Company in 1892.  Hamilton produced watches continuously in the US through 1969 - then eventually became integrated into the Swatch Group, the world's largest watch manufacturing and marketing conglomerate.

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.  READY TIME - same day if ordered before 3 p.m. Pacific Time

CANADA / INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: Will be calculated and displayed in cart.

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