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The very first pocket watches, since their creation in the 16th century, up until the third quarter of the 19th century, had key-wind and key-set movements. A watch key was necessary to wind the watch and to set the time.

A functional, exceptional find, this sweet little key is a beautiful 19th century example. Possibly French, there is some damage to the enamel and top bit of the key, and it has been lovingly priced with this in mind.


Materials and Features: 18k gold

Age/Origin: French, Victorian, c. 1850

Measurements: 2.4 grams, 32mm

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear. 

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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