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Antique Pinchbeck Watchcock Necklace


Watchcocks are intricately engraved and pierced round pieces of brass used to protect and support the delicate balance wheels used in watches from the 16th to 19th century. What makes the watchcock so amazing is that each and every one of them is truly unique. In fact, no exact duplicates have been found as of this writing. When a watch was scraped, these coqs de montre (French) were made into decorative jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, brooches and even bracelets during the late Victorian years.

This wondrous necklace displays twenty Pinchbeck watchcocks from the 18th century. Each escapement cover has an ornate design with floral centers. In addition, many of them also sport scrolls, fanciful faces (read upside down), urns and dragons. Graduated in size from the largest being centered, the discs are suspended from an unusually designed metal chain of square open work links threaded one after the other with original tube hinge.

Date: Watchcocks date to 18th century; necklace was constructed in mid to late 19th century.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 16-1/4 inches (41.3 cm) in length and 1-1/4 of an inch (3.2) at the widest. Weight of 25.4 grams (16.3 dwt).

Condition: Excellent; traces of silver solder near female tube hinge.

Origin: Most likely English.

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