No.168 Antique Timepiece Support Spindle - Larger/Tibetan Style - c.1800 Filigree Balance Cock +1870 Silver Dial - Free Shipping (US Only)

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Antique Timepiece (aka Steampunk) Tibetan Style/Size Support Spindle No.168 
Circa 1800 Ornately Hand Carved Swiss Balance Cock and Circa 1870 Sterling Silver Swiss Pocket Watch Dial with Filigree Alloy and Acrylic Disc

WEIGHT:
 1.9 oz. (54g), WHORL: 1.84 (47mm) diameter, SHAFT:  Larger Size .136" (3.5mm) diameter x 8.3" (21.1 cm) length in Hi-Gloss Plum Velvet 

Made from 72 individual pieces, two main parts are the centerpiece of this spindle; an ornately hand carved/pierced c.1800 Swiss Verge Fusee Balance Cock and a beautifully carved/etched c.1870 Swiss Sterling Silver Dial, and lots of sparkles!
PARTS USED: The balance cock and dial, two acrylic discs, two tarnished silver plated floral filigree pendants, authentic antique watch screws, a tarnished silver plated filigree bead cap, a purple aluminum fender washer, 52 Swarovski crystal rhinestones, and gold and silver plated findings - all mounted to a plum velvet color powder-coat-painted spring steel shaft with a heat forged hook.  All components are bonded with industrial epoxy adhesive.

This is a heavier weight 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 Fusee Style Movements and Dials:  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 the ornately hand carved and pierced/filigree 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.

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.