I absolutely love the floral art nouveau design of this little antique French solid silver chatelaine watch piece. It has raised flowers and leaves over a textured background. I believe they may be poppies, wild roses or buttercups and the leaves are gold plated making a lovely accent. It is a very petite piece and would be beautiful on a chain as a pendant or on a chatelaine set on a gold or silver chain since it has both colors on the piece.
This is a french antique piece dating to 1900 as engraved inside the piece so a lovely Art Nouveau era example. Note that the watch does not work. Chain is not included but is shown to demonstrate wearability.
The piece measures about 1.5 inches in length with the loop / bale extended. Marked with the French boars head punch for small solid silver items on the inside smooth middle cover and on the crown. The middle piece of the case is stamped with the number 2608 and then engraved "Argent Dore" which I think translates to gold plated silver or gold/ gilt silver. The other side of the smooth middle plate is also engraved. I believe there was a name engraved that was scribbled out, there are some other numbers and I see the year 1900 engraved on it.Please note that all my pieces are pre-owned with some age to them so they are in estate condition. I see a hairline crack across the watch face and two other smaller less visible cracks. I also see what might be a chip between the 12 and 1 inside the face but it is under the case so only visible when studied at an angle. There is some discoloration from age inside the repousse cover which improved with polishing and could probably be cleaned further. A few cloudy areas inside and some shallow nicks here and there around the edges. It has some surface wear and scratching from use and polishing over the years but no damage to the floral designs. The floral cover snaps closed perfectly and snugly.
There is also a tab on the watch face side and a hinge below but I can't get that open, so I could only get the floral cover open and then the middle plate to expose the watch parts / mechanism. Please note this piece is not in mint condition.
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The item "French Sterling SILVER Gold Art Nouveau Chatelaine Pocket Watch PENDANT Floral" is in sale since Saturday, January 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Non-U.The seller is "callmemouse" and is located in Orange, California. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Viet nam.