Niello Enamel .900 Silver with Rose Gold 3 Leaf Clover Design Case Swiss Pocket Watch CA1890

Niello Enamel .900 Silver with Rose Gold 3 Leaf Clover Design Case Swiss Pocket Watch CA1890

Swiss-Pocket-Watch-N112005-41-EA
$350.00
Niello Enamel .900 Silver with Rose Gold 3 Leaf Clover Design Case Swiss Pocket Watch CA1890
Processing...

Niello Enamel .900 Silver with Rose Gold 3 Leaf Clover Design Case Swiss Pocket Watch CA1890

Swiss-Pocket-Watch-N112005-41-EA
$350.00

1 available for immediate delivery

Product Details


Niello Enamel .900 Silver with Rose Gold 3 Leaf Clover Design Case Swiss Pocket Watch CA1890
Manufacturer: Unsigned; Country: Switzerland; Type: Unisex; Circa Date: 1890
CASE
Size: 44 mm diameter- approximately 12 Size
Style: Hunter's Case
Material: .900 Silver with Rose Gold
Decorations: Niello Enamel. This case has numerous 3-leaf clover patterns and fancy dandelion-type patterns on both the front/back covers. The front cover also carries an uninitialed rose crest. The front cover also carries an uninitialed rose crest.
Conditions: Very Presentable - Some wear or loss of niello. May have more extensive repairs but patterns and designs are still nice. Slight, barely noticeable repairs, light scratches or minor niello wear.
DIAL
Color: Silver
Type: Metal
Numerals: Arabic Hour Chapters
Conditions: D 3-29 (The Dial is in Very Good Condition - well reprinted)
MOVEMENT
Jewels: 15 Jewels
Setting: Stem Set
Escapement: Lever Escapement.
Material: Nickel
Layout: 3/4 Plate Layout.
Conditions:
M 3 (The Movement is in Very Good Condition)

Niello
The niello watch case became a canvas for outstanding art works that will likely never be duplicated. The term niello comes from the Latin word nigellum that is the diminutive of niger (black.) It was a technique used by the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Persians. Niello is a black or blackish-blue composition of lead, silver, copper, sulfur and ammonium chloride. The mixture is fused onto an engraved or cut-out metal base by firing the mix in a process similar to champleve' enameling. Silver was the most often used metal for niello objects since the soft white silver color contrasted beautifully with the darker niello. Rose-gold inlay work was also seen in combination with niello and tri-color effects were achieved by the use of rose-gold, niello and silver. When the niello was heated and fired onto a silver watch case, it actually fused with the silver very strongly, almost as if it were soldered in place. The niello would be filled, finished and polished, leaving the surface of the watch case smooth and flat. One can readily assume that the process of engraving the areas which were to be filled with niello, the firing stages, and the finishing stages were very time consuming and therefore costly. Aside from the production end, the niello cases also had to be designed by artists who would pre-determine the subject matter and then the cases were finished by engravers who produced the fine details.