Antique Timepiece Drop Spindle No.247: Premium and One-of-a-Kind Design - made with Circa 1860 Silver Fusee Pocket Watch Dial
SPECIFICATIONS: 2.1 ounce (60 grams) - 2.43" (62mm) diameter Whorl - Larger .134 (3.5mm) diameter Steel Shaft x 8.5" (21.6cm) long in Metallic Magenta
Made from 24 Individual Pieces - a gorgeous and intricately detailed circa 1860 gold wash plated sterling silver English Fusee style pocket watch dial with a floral hand engraved design is the centerpiece of this amazing drop spindle - along with an antique watch balance and several small watch gears adorn the face of it and a no-snag/long life epoxy resin top coat finish. A large antique clock gear, 1/8" acrylic disc, polished stainless steel pendant, brass winding barrel/gear, silver plated filigree bead cap, 6 Crystal Volcano Swarovski Crystals and gold plated findings complete the "Steampunk" look of this spindle. All components are mounted to a Hot magenta colored steel shaft with large hook. The shaft is made from high carbon (spring) steel with a forged hook that has a 2-part powder coat paint finish applied for a beautiful look and feel. All components are assembled with an industrial 2-part epoxy glue.
This spindle is on the heavier side and has plenty of rim weight and a perfectly balanced spin - perfect for spinning long staple and coarse fibers and art yarn, as well as plying singles.
HISTORY of FUSEE STYLE MOVEMENTS and DIALS: a fusee (from the French fusée, wire wound around a spindle) is a cone-shaped pulley with a helical groove around it, wound with a cord or chain which is attached to the mainspring barrel. Fusees were made throughout Europe and The US and used in portable pocket watches from the early 1600’s - early 1900’s to improve timekeeping by equalizing the uneven pull of the mainspring as it ran down. Fusee movements were eventually fazed out and by the mid 19th century; Swiss and American watchmaking industries exclusively employed the going barrel with the cylinder escapement - significantly improving timekeeping precision. England continued to make the bulkier full plate fusee watches until about 1900.A wide variety movements were made from the ornately hand carved and pierced/filigree gilt brass movements to less decorated and utilitarian brass and nickel plated alloy movements. Dials were also made in a very wide variety of designs - including fancy silver and gold alloys with ornate carvings, full color/hand painted polychrome works of art on porcelain enamel, common white and colored porcelain enamel dials with hand painted and silkscreen printed numerals and markings, and plated base metal dials.
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- Hand crafted in Tucson, AZ, by John Galen Gudenkauf (owner/artist) with US and Global Materials.
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Yes. I gladly accept custom orders, although they are limited when it comes to altering dimensions. TAHKLI/SUPPORT SPINDLES: customers can choose (in most cases) from the shaft colors, beads, and whorl color/wood species of items already listed.
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CONTACT: John Galen at 520-490-4962