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Date/Report Number …..05U614.LWW ItemW.W.I ERA PIN-SET SILVER NIELLO POCKET WATCH CONVERSION 
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Description of item: VINTAGE READY TO WEAR W.W.I ERA PIN-SET SILVER NIELLO POCKET WATCH CONVERSION 48 MM W/O CROWN 48 X 60 LUG TO LUG WITH CONVERTED 1958 SWISS RODANIA 17 JEWEL INCABLOC SHOCK SYS MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT WITH HAND MADE BLACK LEATHER MILITARY STYLE STRAP

.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $798.00


Reports are supplied at the request of the customer and it is for the customer's exclusive use. Reports express an opinion of the time of the examination of the jewelry. This report is for customers use only for the following two purposes, indicating estimated retail replacement value to obtain insurance coverage, or for the purpose of providing geological information. goldsmith Works does not guarantee that the appraisal valuation will result in a sale at the price. Estimated retail replacement value is arrived after analyses of what the approximate high retail cash asking price is for labor, materials, and design. These prices may be substantially higher than actual transaction or warranty with regards to any item described in the report, since jewelry grading is not an exact science, this  report represent the best opinion of the company. GoldSmith Works is in no case responsible for differences that occur by repeated grading by other experts in the field and/or use of other standards, norms, methods or criteria other than those used by GoldSmith Works. GoldSmith Works is expressly held harmless by customers including, but with out limitation for any claims or actions that may arise out of negligence in connection with the preparation of this laboratory report, or actions based upon the customer's use of the report. The information on the carat weight, clarity grade, color grade on the report is approximate due to the limitations in jewelry grading. The item was tested, graded, and examined under 10x magnification using the techniques and equipment available to GoldSmith Works, including fully corrected triplet loupe, binocular microscope, master color comparison guides, diamond color comparison tools, electronic carat balance, non-contact optical measuring device, and ancillary instruments necessary at the time of Exam
 


VINTAGE
READY TO WEAR
W.W.I ERA
PIN-SET
SILVER NIELLO
POCKET  WATCH
CONVERSION


48 MM W/O CROWN
48 X 60 LUG TO LUG

WITH

CONVERTED
1958
SWISS
RODANIA
17 JEWEL
INCABLOC SHOCK SYS
MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT

WITH

HAND MADE
BLACK LEATHER
MILITARY STYLE STRAP
798

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THIS OFFER IS FOR AN AWESOME PINSET, TRIPLE HINGED, 3 COVER 1914 SWISS HI-END SILVER W/BLACK NIELLO INLAY CASE WITH 1958 SWISS RODANIA STEM SET/WOUND 17 JEWEL MOVEMENT.

THE CASE HAS SEVERAL UNSEEN MODIFICATIONS. WITH SILVERSMITHING ABILITY, THE ORIGINAL STEM TUBE WAS ALTERED FOR THE STEM WOUND/SET MOVEMENT.

A TWO PART CASE FILLER FOR CONVERTING MECHANICAL WATCHES TO QUARTZ WAS UTILIZED TO FILL INNER CASE RIM ADDING SHOCK RESISTANCE, AND, ALONG WITH A HAND MADE SILVER MOVEMENT HOLDER, THREE DIAL TO BEZEL HOLDERS COMPLETED THE MOVEMENT UPGRADE AND SHE LOOKS, WINDS, SETS, ACTS AND OPERATES AS IF IT WAS ORIGINAL.

THE BEST OF TWO WORLDS ANTIQUITY AND MODERN...   

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Niello is a black mixture of copper, silver, and lead sulphides, used as an inlay on engraved or etched 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 jewelry


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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.

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During the 10th to 13th century AD, 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 artisans and likened their work to the creations of Daedalus, the highly skilled craftsman of Greek Mythology.

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Niello was used on a variety of objects 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.

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The Kievan Rus technique for niello application was first shaping silver or gold by repoussé work, embossing, and casting. They would raise objects in high relief 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 fired in a furnace. The heat of the furnace would blacken the niello and make the other ornamentation stand out more vividly.

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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.

During the Mongol invasion from 1237 to 1240 AD, nearly all of Kievan Rus was overrun.

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Settlements and workshops were burned and razed and most of the craftsmen and artisans were killed. Afterwards, skill in niello and cloisonné enamel diminished greatly.

The Ukrainian Museum of Historic Treasures, located in Kiev, has a large collection of nielloed items mostly recovered from tombs found throughout Ukraine.

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RODANIA

The company was founded by the Baumgartner family in 1930, and soon began to grow. The company had an excellent reputation and was famous for its slim lines and pocket watches.

In order to support the growth the company opened sales offices in New York, Montreal, Caracas, Madrid and Brussels.

From 1951, the Brussels branch was placed under the supervision of Mr. Manfred Aebi, a young Swiss immigrant who was suffering from polio.

Although Mr. Manfred Aebi job of leading the Belgian branch was meant to be temporary, his marriage to Simone Verlinden made him stay permanently in the country.

The couple had three children - Christiane, Daniël and Belinda - all of whom became employees of Rodania.

The family initially held offices in Lombardstraat, in the heart of Brussels, but later moved to a mansion in Wemmel.

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THIS ORIGINAL TUBE WAS ALTERED PERFECTLY
NOTE THE PIN-SET HOLDER ABOVE STEM
NO LONGER UTILIZED

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THE CASE WAS SET UP WITH A SLIGHT RIGHT TILT

WHICH PLACES THE
STEM AND TUBE
IN BETTER POSITION
AND
ALLOWS FOR SIMPLER READING

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YOU CAN SEE IT BETTER HERE

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THE INLAY WAS WORKED
OUTER CASE BACK
SIDES OF CASE
HINGED CRYSTAL BEZEL

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THE INLAY IS 90%

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OLD WATERBURY
MILITARY BUTTONS


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INSTEAD OF RIVETS
FOR LUG SIDE OF STRAP

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BLACK WITH WHITE CONTRAST
STITCHING STRAP

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ROLLER BUCKLE

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NOTE ROLLER BUCKLE
WITH
STEEL KEEPER
AND
LEATHER KEEPER


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AWESOME

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THIS IS A HEAVY DUTY STRAP
STRAP IS HAND MADE
STITCHING FOR LOOKS RATHER THAN
AN INTEGRAL PART

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48 MM W/O CROWN
48 X 60 LUG TO LUG

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AWESOME CONDITION

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AWESOME CONDITION

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INNER HINGED CASE BACK
HALLMARK
SERIAL
DATE

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TOP OF INNER CASE BACK
SILVER
ANTI-MAGNETIC
15 JEWELS
[RUBIS-RUBYS]

ACTUAL JEWEL COUNT
17 JEWELS 

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CASE IS ALL SILVER

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CASE IS ALL SILVER

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CONDITION
-ORIGINAL CONDITION-
WATCH WINDS, SETS & KEEPS TIME

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