Guilloché (in English usually "Guilloche") is an engraving technique in in which a very precise, intricate pattern is mechanically etched into an underlying material with very fine detail. Most commonly, the Guilloche surface was then enameled and the repetitive, intricate design would show through the colorful enamel.
A gorgeous Guilloché enamel watch fob necklace from the Edwardian (ca1910) era! This beautiful piece is made of sterling silver and consists of a ball-shaped watch fob that hangs from a complimentary chain. The watch fob is enameled in a lovely pale lavender color with hand-painted pink flowers that decorate the surface. Below the enamel is an intricate textured engraving that creates a wavy and eye-catching pattern. At the base of the fob is a small round watch face behind glass, and a winder is attached to the side of the fob, though the watch no longer appears to keep time. The watch face is is white with black numbers and is signed "C. Bucherer." The chain is comprised of ellipse-shaped lavender enamel links that alternate with sections of delicate silver chain, and a spring ring clasp fastens the necklace in the back. A wonderful example of fine Guilloché craftsmanship, this wonderful and feminine watch fob necklace would look lovely worn everyday!
Measurements: The fob hangs 1 1/8" long (including the bail) and has a 7/8" diameter. The round watch face has a 1/2" diameter. The entire length of the necklace measures 26.5" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the watch fob and chain is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or Guilloché enamel work. The spring ring clasp is secure and in good working condition. The watch no longer appears to keep time, though the winder is still intact.