A 19th Century gold and enamel watch with associated chatelaine
Era: 2nd part of the 19th century.
Materials: gold, pearl.
Length of the chatelaine: 10 cm.
Length of the watch: L 3 cm, W 2cm, H 1cm
Weight: 49 g.
Exceptional gold and enamel chatelaine. This jewel has a hook decorated with a rectangular medallion using a radial pattern of chased gold set with half pearls and black enamel. It is framed on either side by interlacing pearls. The watch is inserted in a dance card and suspended by a chain from the chatelaine's hook. The main face of the dance card shows the dial with Roman numerals. The edge of the notebook is set with half pearls and a fine line of black enamel. The edge of the notebook is finely chiselled with interlacing motifs. A clasp protects the inside of the booklet, which contains several leaves held together by a gold frame. The mechanical movement of the watch is hidden in the dance card. Work of the second part of the 19th century, probably Swiss.