In 1882, Armando Río y Cuervo and his brothers ran a
watch-making workshop founded by their uncle Ramón in Havana. Cuervos y Sobrinos soon
became a reference and a rival for the most prestigious watchmakers of New York, Paris and
Rome. In the 1940s, Havana became the meeting point for intellectuals, businessmen and
artists from all over the world, and Cuervo y Sobrinos produced their own watches while
continuing to sell the most famous watch-making names. Einstein, Caruso, Churchill,
Hemingway, Gable and Neruda all became faithful clients of this illustrious brand. Frank
Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Santo Trafficante Jr, Meyer Lansky,
Lucky Luciano, Dorothy Dandridge, Joanne Gilbert and Tony Martin were only a few
additional stars and well known individuals AND GANGSTERS who were patrons of Cuervos y
HABANA NIGHT LIFE
Following World War I,
MANY NIGHT CLUBS AND CASINOS SOON DOTTED HABANA [HAVANA] NIGHT LIFE. Wealthy Americans and
international stars and public persona traveled and splurged and habana soon became one of
the most popular places in the world. And even through the Repeal and Great
Depression, places like the San Souci never completely closed down.
During the late 40's and
through the 50's, injections of cash for lavish shows and elaborate gaming facilities made
habana the top destination for the royalty of the public and private world.
Night Club/Casinos like the
Sans Souci spent upwards of $25,000 a week just for the shows that glittered
the stages and thrilled the wealthy.
"It's was like stepping
into a movie set of what Hollywood thinks a tropical night club should look like"
... and through it all, thick
and thin, the greatest Latino Cuban Watch & Jewelry House, Quervo Y Sobrinos
Habana, remained the anchor of LUXURY, QUALITY, CLASS & SERVICE...
RESTORED DIAL IS READY TO MOUNT
SIGNED AS THE ORIGINAL
CUERVO Y SOBRINOS
ORIGINAL DIAL IS INCLUDED IN THIS APPRAISAL
ORIGINAL CASE IS IN EXCELLENT
THE CASE IS 900 SILVER
[90% SILVER 10% COPPER]
THE CASE BACK AND EDGING
Niello is a black metallic alloy of sulfur, copper, silver, and
usually lead, used as an inlay on engraved metal. It can be used for filling in designs
cut from metal. The Egyptians are credited with originating niello decoration, which
spread throughout Europe during the late Iron age and is common in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and
other types of Early Medieval jeweler.
The goldsmiths of Florence in the middle of the 15th century
ornamented their works by means of engraving the metal with a burin, after which they
filled up the hollows produced by the burin with a black enamel-like compound made of
silver, lead and sulphur. The resulting design, called a niello, was of much higher
contrast and thus much more visible,.
During the 10th to 13th century A.D. Kievan Rus craftsmen
possessed a high degree of skill in jewelry making; John Tsetses, a 12th century Byzantine
writer praised the work of Kievan Rus craftsmen and likened their work to the creations of
Daedalus, the highly skilled craftsman from Greek Mythology.
Niello was used on a variety of object including sword hilts,
chalices, plates, horns, adornment for horses, and most prolifically, jewelry for women:
necklaces, bracelets, rings, torques, pendants, buttons, belt buckles, headdresses, etc.
The Kievan Rus technique for niello application was first shaping
silver or gold by repoussé, embossing, and casting. They would high relief objects and
fill the background with niello using a mixture of red copper, lead, silver, potash,
borax, sulphur which was liquefied and poured into concave surfaces before being baked in
a furnace. The heat from the furnace would blacken the niello and allow other
ornamentation to stand out more vividly.
Nielloed items were mass produced using molds that still survive
today and were traded with Greeks, the Byzantine Empire, and other peoples that traded
along the trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks.
CASE BEZEL HAS SOME MINOR EDGING WEAR
THE NIELLO IS 95%.
SOME MINOR WEAR
AROUND THE HINGE
HAND MADE ORIGINAL 1915 LINK & BAR WATCH FOB!
7 GRAND PRIX
5 AWARDS IN GOLD
THE SAME SERIALS THE MOVEMENT
THE CASE SERIAL #3778164 IS THE SAME SERIAL
THAT IS SIGNED ON THE TOP AND BOTTOM PLATE ON THIS LONGINES SIGNED CALIBRE 15.93 [SIGNED
UNDER THE JEWELED BALANCE] 15 JEWEL MOVEMENT