Antique Timepiece Drop Spindle No.249 - Mint c.1890 Swiss - Hand Carved Gold Plated Watch Dial - Free Shipping (US)


ON SALE - 20% Off - Was $210... NOW $168

Antique Timepiece Drop Spindle No.249: Rare and One-of-a-Kind - mint condition c.1890 Swiss Lever Fusee/Snap-On type Hand Carved Pocket Watch Dial

WEIGHT: 1.4 ounce (41 grams), WHORL: 2.3" (57mm) dia., SHAFT: - Smaller .105 (2.6mm) dia. Steel Shaft x 7.8" (20.8cm) long in Metallic Black Gold

Made from 80 Individual Pieces - this rare and mint condition circa 1890 Swiss Gold Plated (Over Copper) Lever Fusee Pocket Watch Dial with its ornately hand-carved lakeside village scene is the centerpiece of this spectacular drop spindle. The dial has been adorned with a period correct balance wheel and drive wheels over the second hand recess - then coated in a thick layer of epoxy resin - then mounted to a 2.3" x 1/8" acrylic disc with a recessed groove on the back-side for an antique brass plated alloy ring (for rim weight), a tarnished silver plated filigree pendant with metallic red foil inside for a pop of color to complete the whorl. The spindle whorl is finished off with a crystal spacer, gold plated and stainless steel findings, and 60 Swarovski and Preciosa Czech crystal rhinestones. The shaft is made from high carbon (spring) steel with a heat forged hook that has a 2-part powder coat paint (in black gold) finish applied for a beautiful look and feel. All components are assembled with an industrial 2-part epoxy glue.

This is a medium weight drop spindle with good rim weight and a very well balanced spin - perfect for spinning long staple and coarse fibers and art yarn, as well as plying fine singles.

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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Processing time

2-5 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 2 - 5 business days
  • Europe : 8 - 12 business days
  • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania : 8 - 12 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

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Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

Frequently Asked Questions

Custom and personalized orders

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.

Wholesale availability

Yes. I do offer wholesale sales to qualifying re-sellers. Contact me and we can discuss terms

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CONTACT: John Galen at 520-490-4962

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