Pocket Watch, c.1815
The process of enameling includes the application of a pulverized blend of silica, borates, alkalis and metallic oxides to a base of gold, silver or copper. When heated, this mixture fuses to the surface and becomes hard and bright.
The front bezel and pendant of the 20-karat gold case are decorated with blue, white and gold enamels. The case back features an enamel pastoral scene of a family painted over an engine turned, blue translucent base. The seated father looks adoringly at his wife who holds their child in her arms.
The gilt fusee movement is signed "Jn Fazy & Fils" and bears the serial #6228. It has a verge escapement, pierced and engraved cock and is key-wound and key-set from the dial side.
Donated by Dr. Robert L. Ravel, NAWCC #F2568
October 21, 2005
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