LOCLE Victorian 14kt Enameled + Tracery Pocket Watch with Key
A gorgeous Locle pocket watch from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in 14kt gold, this self-winding watch includes its original key and is decorated in a colorful floral design. One side features beautiful enamel work portraying musical instruments and a sheet of music resting on a bed of flowers and leaves. On the opposite side, more colorful enameling depicts large blossoming flowers nestled among smaller leaves and petals. Encircling each enameled picture, is a gorgeous border of swirling black tracery inlaid on a lovely textured gold surface. The remarkable craftsmanship also includes a fine etched border featuring a rope motif and at the top of the piece is a textured gold handle, which functions as the winder.
When opened, the gold encasement has hinged compartments, revealing the watch face and working watch movement inside. Several markings appear throughout the interior of the encasement, including "LOCLE" "F.H.M." and what appears to be a faded lion stamp. A few inscriptions are also beautifully engraved, including "B. Houriet" and "To Sister Hannah" "Rev Fitzpatrick". Additionally, there is a stamp "27070" found on the inside of each watch compartment. A short looped chain ending in a spring ring clasp, stamped "14K," attaches the watch key to the timepiece. This magnificent pocket watch is an antique treasure showcasing two equally beautiful sides, allowing the wearer to choose which one to display as the front. The timepiece would look lovely paired with a complimentary watch chain, and is a must for the antique watch collector!
Measurements: The pocket watch measures 2 1/4" tall (including the handle), has a 1 5/8" diameter, and is approximately 1/2" thick. The pennyweight of the overall piece is 37 d.w.t. (57.5 grams). The chain and key measures approximately 3 3/8" long and the watch key itself measures about 1 3/8" long and 1/2" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the watch is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the watch face and movement, which keeps time and remains in good working condition. There is the slightest wear to the black tracery near the bottom of each side, however, it is not noticeable when worn. Watches of this era should be cleaned and oiled periodically to keep them in good working order but currently, the time piece is in good working condition.