Wind it back in time with these wonderful Victorian gloved hand watch key earrings.
- description -
A small gloved hand is gripping the actual watch winding key. The hand is facing forward on one earring, backward on the other, adding interest.
A watch key, or key wind, was necessary to wind the watch and to set the movements. The sizes of the watch keys varied, and were made to fit the square shaft in the pocket watch to wind the watch, and the styles varied, some were no more than functional and some were fabulously ornate.
- symbolism -
Hands were popular symbols in sentimental Victorian jewellery/jewelry, often symbolic of loyalty, strength, romance and fidelity.
This Victorian gloved hand watch key has been reproduced from my collection of interesting novelty watch keys, and is shown in the last photo, but it is not meant to wind your pocket watch since the replica key hole size may be off.
- approximate earring measurement - 1 1/8" x just over 1/4” (28mm x 8mm)
- charm metal - sterling silver (.925 silver)
- sterling silver ear wires
- photographed with an old US dime for scale
Impressed with history!
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The last photo shows a few of the antique watch keys in my personal collection, some of which are available as replicas.
*Personal time pieces were introduced in the 16th century, and were called pocket watches, a watch meant to be carried in the pocket and tethered to a chain, cord, strap, etc. to prevent it from being dropped and for a quick and easy grasp from the pocket.