The Vintage Wrist Watch Company
The Vintage Wrist Watch Company is located in PERSHORE, UK
Antique Leonidas Niello Wood Grain Pocket Watch
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The watch has a signed Leonidas stem-winding movement which is working nicely. The movement is protected by an inner hinged cover which has Continental silver marks for 800 silver. The watch measures 48mm diameter excluding the winding stem and the loop. The case is niello ware and has a very unusual wood grain pattern. Niello is a black mixture, usually of sulphur, copper, silver, and lead, used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal, especially silver, in this case 800 silver. It is added as a powder or paste, then fired until it melts or at least softens, and flows or is pushed into the engraved lines in the metal. The inner case back is stamped Niel HF, this is the mark of Huguenin Freres of Le Locle, Switzerland. They were well known jewellers and watch case makers, as well as manufacturers of some of the early Olympic medals. They were one of the most prolific producers of niello cases throughout the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. The case movement and case are not original to each other but both are of a similar age. The acrylic lens has a light scratch, about 1cm long, and not immediately noticeable to the naked eye. The gold coloured dial has a textured centre, blued steel hands and outer minute markers. There is some light marking to the dial, and a little wear to some of the numbers, but overall the condition is good. The watch comes in a new presentation box. ALL OF OUR PRICES INCLUDE UK & WORLDWIDE POSTAGE. All of our watches are checked over before listing, and are also checked for accuracy which is usually within around +/- two to three minutes over 24 hours (unless otherwise stated), which is considered respectable for a vintage watch. We are a VAT registered company and all purchases are covered by Consumer Regulations. Credit / debit card purchases can be made over the telephone on 01386 750238 or you can proceed via the red Buy Now button on each listing page. Non-UK buyers are welcome but payment can be made by Paypal only. Please note that we are an on-line only business and do not have facilities for callers. Our offices are open from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. With regards to appraisals / valuations, we receive a huge number of information requests each day and unfortunately do not have the manpower to deal with them all individually. Our advice would be to contact a local auctioneer for a full appraisal.
The Vintage Wrist Watch Company has clarified that the Antique Leonidas Niello Wood Grain Pocket Watch (LA356390) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1920s
ALL PRICES INCLUDE UK POSTAGE. Please contact us for international shipping prices. Please note that regrettably we no longer ship to Europe. Due to Customs regulations, we are unable to send watches / precious metals to certain countries. If you are unsure about your country’s regulations, please contact us and we can check for you. Any orders from prohibited countries will be refunded, less any Paypal fees which are non-refundable. Any Customs / import duties are payable by the purchaser.
This Antique Leonidas Niello Wood Grain Pocket Watch is located in PERSHORE, UK