No.230 - Antique Timepiece Drop Spindle - Circa 1860 Swiss Fusee Style Sterling Silver and Gold Watch Dial - Free Shipping (US)

  • $ 175.00


Antique Timepiece (STEAMPUNK) Style Drop Spindle No.230:
Circa 1860 - Swiss Made - Fusee Style Etched Sterling Silver and 18kt Applied Roman Numerals Pocket Watch Dial 

Weight: 1.3 ounce (38 grams), Whorl: Acrylic 1.95” (50mm), Shaft: .102” (2.6mm) dia. Steel Shaft in Metallic Candy Apple Red x 8.3” (21.1cm) length
- This is an amazingly well balanced medium weight drop spindle with plenty of rim weight that will be great for spinning a wide variety of fibers.

PARTS/ASSEMBLY: Made from a total of 79 individual pieces, the centerpiece of this Antique Timepiece (aka "STEAMPUNK") Drop Spindle is a Swiss Made (No Maker's Label) Sterling Silver Snap-on Fusee Style dial with ornate floral and patterned etching and applied 18kt gold Roman numerals. Parts used in this spindle include the dial, authentic vintage and antique watch parts – including a large escapement wheel and drive wheels, 64 Swarovski and Preciosa Czech crystal rhinestones (top and bottom sides), Antique-Brass Plated Alloy Ring, two 1/16" thick acrylic discs, a tarnished silver plated filigree pendant, gold plated findings, one steel winding gear (bottom side on rim for balance), and red mica tinted epoxy around the perimeter of the whorl. The dial is coated in a thick layer of epoxy resin for a no-snag and long life finish and the John Galen signature shaft is made from high-carbon/spring steel with a heat forged hook and professionally applied powder-coat paint. All components are assembled with an industrial 2-part epoxy glue.

- HISTORY... 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 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 gilt brass movements to less decorated and utilitarian brass and nickel plated alloy movements. Dials included 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.

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