Friday, April 5, 2013

Greetings Everyone!

I wanted to show you some GORGEOUS antique pocket watch pieces I found!

They are from pocket watches that are between 100 and 200 years old and the workmanship is just INCREDIBLE!

Keep in mind these are only about 1 inch to 1 1/2" in size!

They are called "balance cocks" and were there to help regulate how the pocket watch ran. In other words this could be adjusted in order to get the watch to run perfectly!

They are all hand pierced and hand engraved and the images that were used in these tiny works of art are simply stunning!

I think the thing I appreciate the most about them, is that the artisans created these simply for the pure joy of creating AS the mechanism was most likely only going to be seen by the watchmaker!

I have 25 in all and have included a photo of some of them below!

If you want to see them all just click HERE!

Later on in this post I'll show you some fabulous examples of what some jewelry artists have done with them!

1) I won't comment on them all but I think this first one might be my favorite!

For some reason grotesque faces were a popular theme and this one is fabulous with an image of a knights helmet, banners and trumpets on top!

The ones with the faces are by far the most sought after!

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Here are 3 wonderful examples of some jewelry artist on ETSY who've use these tiny works of art in their work!

This first one is from


and below the photo you'll find a link to her shop!

(For some reason my blog cut part of the photos off but please take a peek at their shop and you'll see the pieces in all their glory!) Image Hosted by

Jans Jems

Here's another beautiful example from


Again you'll find the link to their shop below the photo!

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AND last but not least is this gorgeous stick pin made with 2 of the timing mechanisms!

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Pipit Vintage

I hope you've enjoyed these gorgeous little examples of times gone by!

In the meantime I'd be honored if you'd take a look at my etsy shop for more steampunk jewelry!

Noble Studios Ltd.

I love you all!

Violette Noble