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Antique Timepiece (Steampunk) Pendant Necklace No.27
Circa 1740 Verge Fusee Pocket Watch Movement (Upper and Pillar Plates) by Thomas Chill of London, England

18" Polished Stainless Steel or 
18" or 20" Gold Plated Stainless Steel 
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1.1 ounce (33 grams),  Diameter/Width: 1.38” (35mm),  Height w/Bail: 1.85”(47mm), Thickness: .47” (12mm)

A Stunningly beautiful example of old world craftsmanship that's been repurposed into an heirloom piece of jewelry.  The centerpiece of this necklace pendant is the complete upper plate of a circa 1740 Verge Fusee pocket watch movement - with its ornate hand carved/pierced floral filigree design.  The plate is disassembled and each component is painstakingly polished, metallic foil added underneath the filigree parts, re-assembled, crystals added, then coated in a thick layer of epoxy resin.  The Pillar Plate has been cleaned and prepared - along with shortening the Egyptian Pillars, and is mounted to the upper plate and adorned with a multi crystal spacer and Purple Velvet and Tanzanite AB Swarovski crystal rhinestones. 

The movement is mounted to a 1/16" acrylic disc that has a cut-out for the gold plated bail and a pour of red mica tinted epoxy completely encapsulates the bail, which makes it a permanent part of the pendant - and the larger diameter bail will fit most chains without the need for additional mounting rings.  

History of FUSEE WATCH MOVEMENTS:  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 hand made Verge Fusee with ornately hand carved and pierced/filigree components of the 17th through 19th century - to less decorated and more utilitarian brass and nickel plated alloy movements of the 20th century when mechanized techniques were employed.  

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