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One of the holy grails for the connoisseur or collector of antique jewelry is when an item is accompanied by the original box. Such a container typically includes the name of the retailer and or manufacturer and the address of the company and was specifically shaped and sized to fit the object.

Here we present a magnificent piece of antique jewelry which is worthy of being referred to as Art which can be used functionally. Retailed by Howard & Co., one of the first jewelers of New York to move from downtown to Fifth Avenue (a now iconic row of retailers) is a pendant watch and chain.

The watch is of 18k yellow gold and guilloché enamel steel blue in color. Centered is a platinum foliate motif accented with eight (8) tiny rose cut diamonds from which radiates a scalloped sunburst pattern. From Bailly of France, the timepiece runs perfectly but may not maintain exact time, as it is a mechanical instrument which can benefit from the regular maintenance of a watchmaker.

The watch chain is a testament to femininity and beauty. Made by the prominent Newark jewelry manufacturer Carter, Gough & Co. of 14k yellow gold fetter links and batons of steel blue with white and blue enamel with gold end caps, the chain terminates with a dog clip clasp.

Date: Circa 1900.

Historical Notes: The original owner of Howard & Co. worked for many years at Tiffany & Co. Howard & Co. was a prominent New York jeweler and silversmith in business from 1866 until 1922. The main shop was located on Fifth Avenue with branch stores in Paris, London and Newport.

Item 15231

French Enamel Watch & Chain with Original Box

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Story

One of the holy grails for the connoisseur or collector of antique jewelry is when an item is accompanied by the original box. Such a container typically includes the name of the retailer and or manufacturer and the address of the company and was specifically shaped and sized to fit the object.

Here we present a magnificent piece of antique jewelry which is worthy of being referred to as Art which can be used functionally. Retailed by Howard & Co., one of the first jewelers of New York to move from downtown to Fifth Avenue (a now iconic row of retailers) is a pendant watch and chain.

The watch is of 18k yellow gold and guilloché enamel steel blue in color. Centered is a platinum foliate motif accented with eight (8) tiny rose cut diamonds from which radiates a scalloped sunburst pattern. From Bailly of France, the timepiece runs perfectly but may not maintain exact time, as it is a mechanical instrument which can benefit from the regular maintenance of a watchmaker.

The watch chain is a testament to femininity and beauty. Made by the prominent Newark jewelry manufacturer Carter, Gough & Co. of 14k yellow gold fetter links and batons of steel blue with white and blue enamel with gold end caps, the chain terminates with a dog clip clasp.

Date: Circa 1900.

Historical Notes: The original owner of Howard & Co. worked for many years at Tiffany & Co. Howard & Co. was a prominent New York jeweler and silversmith in business from 1866 until 1922. The main shop was located on Fifth Avenue with branch stores in Paris, London and Newport.

Measurements: Watch is 1-3/8 inches (3.5 cm) in length by 1 inch (1.2 cm) in width. Chain is 22-1/2 inches (57.2 cm) in total length. Weight of 21.5 grams (13.8 dwt) for pendant and chain.

Hallmarks: Watch movement is Bailly, France, horse's head, 600009 and SG; movement is marked 17 jewels, Justaments and Bailly France. 14k inside dog clip.

Condition: Excellent; watch dial has light wear toward the center.

Origin: American with a French movement.

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