Old-fashioned and Victorian era watches were generally wound using a small key that would fit into a space at the front of the watch. Watch keys were not only designed for utility, but were often decorative pieces that doubled as pendants or fobs. They are still appreciated for their designs as wearable pieces of jewelry, though they are not generally used for their original winding purpose in the modern day. Antique watch keys have become quite popular among collectors!
An unusual carnelian watch key pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This gorgeous piece features a single carnelian stone carved into the shape of a pistol, with lovely 14kt yellow gold accents. The stone displays a grooved surface on both the "handle" and the "revolver," revealing wonderful realistic details! A polished gold barrel and gold band at the center pairs perfectly with the carnelian stone, which exhibits wonderful burnt orange hues with soft translucent white banding throughout. The pendant hangs on an angle from a simple gold bail at the top, perfect for adding to a favorite chain. A gorgeous and unusual piece, it would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 1/2" long (including the bail at the top), is 1/ 5/8" wide, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved carnelian stone or to the gold accents. The bail is intact and in good working condition.