Age Circa: Art Nouveau C. 925 Sterling Silver, Applied 14k Rose Gold Accents. Material: Glass, Watch Face and Hands, Niello Enamel.
Item Measurements: The total length of the watch measures up to 9.5" long can shrink to much smaller than that, though the links will need to be repaired in order to be worn at 9.5" long. The face of the watch measures 1.09 long by 1.23. Wide and 0.38 in depth. Collectible Type: Womens Wrist Watch.Men's or Women's: Womens. This gorgeous item is a wrist watch and was most likely made by a talented artisan in Germany. This item is composed of. 925 sterling silver adorned with black niello enamel. The watch is also adorned with applied 14k rose gold accents. These accents are in a starburst motif and feature hand chased details. The star motifs are smallest on the face of the watch, and serve to draw the eye inwards towards the timepiece. To the top left and right, as well as the bottom left and right, of the watch face are large sterling silver applied spheres. This item is expandable, and has a wearable length of 9.5 long. The watch can not be wound and it does not tick - we can make no guarantees as far as the accuracy or the internal components of the watch. This item is missing its crown, meaning that it can not be wound. The band is broken and the expanding links will need to be tightened in order to be worn properly. The gold is ever so slightly patinaed in areas, which is to be expected of an item this age. The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women, and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large. Enamel was a standard material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry. Niello is a method of enameling that uses a durable, powdered metal-sulfur alloy to create a high contrast surface decoration. Powdered niello is inlaid on engraved or etched metal, usually silver, and heated until it melts to fill the engraved lines. As it cools, it blackens and fuses to the metal. The piece is then polished, revealing lines of black etched into the bright silver. This process was popularized in Russia during the Victorian and Art Nouveau eras, and adapted by the Thai. In Thai jewelry, the process was reversed; the background of the piece was carved down to create a high relief design, and niello inlay was used to fill in the background. The earliest examples of niello enameling were found on bronze daggers in Greece, circa 1550 BC. Chasing is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface. This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channels.
Chasing is thousands of years old and was a very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today. The item "Antique Vintage Nouveau 14k Rose Gold Sterling Silver German Niello Wrist Watch" is in sale since Sunday, May 12, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches".The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.